Maria Di Meglio is a versatile musician with years of experience performing, teaching, and recording. Her performances have taken her from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to folk festivals and barns, and throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
She was born and raised in the rich cultural tapestry of Brooklyn, NY, and first picked up a cello at her local public elementary school. After attending the FAME high school (La Guardia), she received her undergraduate and master’s degree in cello performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. While at IU she was Peter Stumpf’s graduate assistant instructor. She has played in lessons and masterclasses for Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman, Sharon Robinson, Yael Weiss, Kevork Mardirossian, as well as for members of the Brentano and Borromeo Quartets. Her principal cello professors include Peter Stumpf, Marion Feldman, Csaba Onczay, and Kalin Ivanov.
As an orchestral musician, Maria served as associate principal cellist of the New York Festival Orchestra, and has also performed in the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Orchestra Kentucky, Opera Project Columbus, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has performed and worked with Leonard Slatkin, David Effron, Jamie Laredo, Arthur Fagen, Cliff Colnot, Sylvia McNair, Joshua Bell, and Jonathan Strasser, among others. She also has extensive recording experience and can be heard on projects ranging from Harpeth Rising to SEGA video games to Nashville based artists.
Maria performs in the classically trained ‘chamber-folk’ trio Harpeth Rising, where she sings harmonies and plays the cello, bass drum and cajon. With Harpeth Rising, she has performed over 500 concerts in 38 states and 8 countries. They have six albums to their name, of which ‘Shifted’ debuted at #1 on the Folk-DJ Charts, and I Am Eve (I Am the Reason) debuted as the #1 song.
Harpeth Rising participated in the prestigious American Music Abroad Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. State Department. In early 2019 they toured Cambodia and Singapore, performing concerts and engaging in cultural exchange. Dedicated to their classical heritage, Harpeth Rising has performed as soloists with orchestras since its inception as an ensemble. Orchestral performances include the Bath Philharmonia (UK), Kerrville Symphony of the Hills (TX), NKU Orchestra and Choir, in addition to collaborating with musicians of the Peoria Symphony for a PBS special ‘State and Water’.