Violinist Maria Benotti is the founder and Artistic Director of Music at Eden’s Edge, the regional resident professional chamber ensemble serving Boston’s North Shore since 1982 with chamber music ranging through Period Baroque, Classical and Romantic, 20th Century, Contemporary and Commissioned works. Ms Benotti teaches violin and sonata duo class at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she joined the faculty in 1977. She has taught a course in Violin Pedagogy for the NEC School of Continuing Education and has served frequently as a competition judge for the New England Conservatory of Music, Guitarfest, Tufts University, the former Longy School of Music, and as an ASTACAP evaluator. She was a founding member of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and played with the orchestra for many years. She has frequently presented teacher forums for Boston’s ASTA chapter on string pedagogy issues. She joined the faculty of Rivers School Conservatory in 2016.
Ms. Benotti performed for many years with the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and has played for Boston Cecilia. Ms. Benotti also performed frequently as concertmaster and chamber performer for the St. John’s Concert Series. She has played numerous recitals and chamber music concerts throughout New England, including concerts on the Enchanted Circle Series, a solo recital in Jordan Hall, numerous faculty recitals at New England Conservatory, and chamber music concerts at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, the University of New Hampshire, the Monadnock Festival and the Music at Noon Series at Northeastern University. Ms. Benotti has held teaching positions at Northeastern University, Gordon College, and Wheaton College.
Violin studies were with Dorothy DeLay, Eric Rosenblith, Masuko Ushioda and Valeria Kuchment. She coached in chamber music studies with Eric Rosenblith, Rudolph Kolisch, Eugene Lehner and David Wells, and in Vienna with Michael Schnitzler (Schnitzler Trio) while studying violin with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) as a Special Student at the Hochschule für Musik. She has participated in the Aston Magna Bach Workshops with Daniel Stepner and has worked on Baroque violin with him privately.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Music from Oberlin College and received Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from both the Catholic University of America and the New England Conservatory of Music.