Violinist Maria Benotti founded Music at Eden’s Edge, the North Shore’s own resident chamber music ensemble, in 1982. As Artistic Director, she shaped MEE’s programs and artistic vision while performing for 37 seasons. After a brief respite, she has resumed her position as Artistic Director. She continues performing with MEE while actively participating in Boston’s vibrant musical scene. She is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where she has taught violin, chamber music and sonata duo class since 1977, as well as having offered a course in string pedagogy in the School for Continuing Education. She is on the string faculty of The Rivers School Conservatory. She presents programs for the American String Teacher Association Teachers Forum Series in Boston and has been featured in Strings Magazine articles about violin pedagogy.
Ms. Benotti has performed in recitals and chamber concerts throughout New England, including a Jordan Hall solo recital, numerous faculty recitals at New England Conservatory, performances in the Enchanted Circle Series at Jordan Hall, the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival and recitals on the Music at Noon Series at Northeastern University. She has taught at Northeastern University and Wheaton College. A former member of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, she also appeared for many years as concertmaster and chamber performer with the St. John’s Concert Series in Beverly Farms and performed for many years on early violin with the Handel and Haydn Society. She has recorded for Friedrich von Huene and composer Howard Rovics and has served frequently as a competition judge for New England Conservatory as well as for The Boston Guitarfest, the Longy School of Music and Tufts University. In 2012 she was named “Friend of the Arts” by the Boston Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
A graduate of Oberlin College and New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Benotti studied with Eric Rosenblith, Dorothy DeLay, Masuko Ushioda and Valeria Kuchment. Her chamber music studies included such master teachers as Josef Gingold, Eric Rosenblith, Donald Weilerstein, David Wells, and Michael Schnitzler in Vienna. She studied with Günter Pichler while a special student at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria, and has focused on solo works of Bach with Daniel Stepner.