• Without music, life would be a mistake.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
    Confucius, The Book of Rites
  • If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.
    J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
  • A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
    Leopold Stokowski
  • I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.
    Tom Waits
  • Why not just live in the moment, especially if it has a good beat?
    Goldie Hawn
  • Every life has a soundtrack. Music is the language of memory.
    Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home
  • The music we listen to may not define who we are. But it’s a damn good start.
    Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home
  • Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.
    Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Writing about music is like dancing about architecture - it's really a stupid thing to want to do.
    Elvis Costello
  • And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • If you hear music, dance.
    Sleeping Beauty
  • When you want to be close to me, listen to the music. The love is stored there and will not die.
    Michael Jackson


Mariya Orlenko began piano studies at age four. Born in Ukraine, she grew up in Vancouver, where she studied with Marina Navrotski, Donna Fishwick, and Ian Parker. She made her orchestral debut in 2014 with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec as a Grand Prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition. Mariya received the First Prize at the 2015 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, and played with the Virginia Waring Festival Orchestra. She also received the Best Interpretation of a Canadian Work Prize at the 2015 OSM Manulife Competition, and was selected to be a quarterfinalist at the 2016 Arthur Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition. Mariya has performed as a soloist with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Orchestra. In 2013, she was awarded the Royal Conservatory of Music Gold Medal. Mariya is a recipient of a full scholarship at the Glenn Gould School.