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Biography

Mairi Grewar is a Scottish pianist, based in London. She is currently a young artist at the National Opera Studio 2019/2020. Mairi enjoys a varied musical life, focussing primarily on Opera and collaborating with singers. She was the coaching Fellow on the Guildhall Opera Course where she was chief coach for the Autumn 2018 production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Britten's A Midsummer Nights Dream in Winter 2019. During the summer, Mairi was répétiteur for British Youth Opera's production of Rossini's La Cenerentola at the Peacock Theatre in London. In April 2019 Mairi was chorus repetiteur for Opera Holland Park on their productions of Pucinni’s Manon Lescaut, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Cilea’s L’arlesiana and Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Other work at Guildhall as repetiteur has included their production of Menotti's The Consul (November 2017), Lennox Berkely’s A Dinner Engagement and the premier of Lucy Armstrong’s A Risk of Lobsters as part of the Guildhall Opera Makers performance in June 2018. 

Mairi was assistant conductor at Berlin Opera Academy for their August 2018 production of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea. In the Spring of 2018 Mairi took part in the prestigious Solti Accademia Repetiteur Course in Venice, Italy, where she worked with coaches Pamela Bullock, Johnathan Papp, James Vaughn, Anette Saunders and conductor Richard Bonynge. In the summer of 2017 Mairi was a scholar of the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden, Austria. During this six-week intensive course Mairi studied German lieder from instructors Roger Vignoles, Andreas Schmidt, Robert Holl, Elly Ameling, Birgid Steinberger, Wolfram Reiger, Julius Drake and Helmut Deutsch. In August 2016, Mairi particpated in the Summer Lied-Studio in Stratford-Upon-Avon, lead by Gary Matthewman with Joan Rogers CBE and Cordula Kempe.

In August 2017 Mairi graduated with distinction from the Guildhall Artist Masters Programme in Piano Accompaniment, a two year course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Laura Roberts. During her time at Guildhall Mairi played in recitals and masterclasses across London, performing at the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and Milton Court Concert Hall. She has performed in masterclass for Graham Johnson and Martin Katz and has worked with Iain Burnside, Eugene Asti and Gordon Stewart in song projects. In September 2016, Mairi performed songs of Sibelius in the Barbican Concert Hall as part of the LSO Guildhall Artist Platforms. 

Mairi was Associate Accompanist at the University of St Andrews Music Department and was repetiteur for the Byre Opera for their 2015 production of Iphigenie in Tauris, as well as playing for regular concerts, choral engagements and in chamber groups. Mairi recorded a selection of Messiaen’s vocal and chamber works for the University of St Andrews record label, Sanctiandree. 

She received her undergraduate degree in Piano Performance, Cum Laude from Central Washington University where she studied with Dr. John Pickett and Dr. Gayla Blaisedell, Vocal Department. During her time there Mairi performed a wide range of repertoire, including piano solo as well as extensive vocal and instrumental accompanying. During her time at CWU, Mairi served as accompanist for the Chamber Choir and repetiteur for CWU Opera Scenes concerts, including works from Pucinni's La Bohème  and Bizet's Carmen. 

She is kindly supported by the Guildhall Scholarship Fund, Leverhulme Arts Trust and the Dewar Arts Awards.