Maria Prinz was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, into a musical family, the daughter of the famous Bulgarian conductor and composer Konstantin Iliev. She studied at the Hanns Eisler Music University in Berlin with Rudolf Dunckel, in Vienna with Jörg Demus and in Paris with Yvonne Lefébure. In addition to her performing career, she has taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 1987. Maria Prinz has performed with leading orchestras and conductors throughout Europe. As a recitalist she has appeared in the United States, throughout Europe and in Japan. Her chamber music collaborations have brought numerous performances with distinguished colleagues, including extensive concert and recording projects with Patrick Gallois, as well as concerts in Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, in New York, the Purcell Room and Barbican Centre in London and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. The 2014/2015 season brought a new collaboration with the distinguished baritone Matthias Goerne in Schubertʼs Winterreise in Sofia and solo recitals in Bratislava and New York.