Maria Bar Soria


"Highest perfection and an extremely soulful violin timbre“

that‘s what the German newspaper „Badische Neueste Nachrichten“ wrote in praise of the young violinist Maria Azova (Bar Soria).


Maria Bar Soria, née Azova, was born in Tashkent and grew up in a very musical household. She made her debut with orchestra at the age of 12, playing Vieuxtemps violin concerto no.5.

Maria Bar Soria has expanded her artistic activities to various musical areas. She appears as a soloist with many renowned orchestras, including the Museumsorchester Frankfurt, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha amongst many others. She played with conductors such as Hans Drewanz, Paolo Carignani, Adi Bar, Michel Tilkin and Pavel Baleff.
Maria Bar Soria, who was called "a very promising young talent on the violin" by the german newspaper "Frankfurter Rundschau" successfully appears with her piano trio „The Frankfurter Klaviertrio“, plays as a guest concertmaster of many orchestras such as Münchner Symphoniker, WDR-Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Frankfurt Radio Symphonie orchestra and works as a 1st concertmaster of the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra since September 2019.

Maria Bar Soria studied with Josef Rissin, Nathan Mendelssohn and Walter Forchert.
The young violonist‘s artistic career was supported by scholarships and grants, coming from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, LiveMusicNow, the Mayor of the city of Baden-Baden, the Da Ponte Foundation in Darmstadt and the support group of the Academy for Music in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Furthermore, Maria won several competitions, including a first prize at the  Alois Kottmann Competition in Frankfurt, a bronze medal at the Henryk Szeryng Competition in Mexico, a second prize at the Michelangelo Abbado Competition in Milano. She was also awarded with the "Ruth Flesch Memorial Prize" in Baden-Baden, Germany.