Maria Palma discovered the harp at the age of 6, when she attended an orchestral Christmas concert held in the village where she grew up. Enrica di Bastiano prepared her for entering to the Conservatoire “A. Casella”, in l’Aquila, where she studied with Maria di Giulio, who introduced her to the classical music world and accompanied her until the graduation on 2018. She performed as a soloist, playing the classical harp repertoire, as well as in ensembles: a duo with the flutist Luca Giordano, with whom she performed the Mozart concerto for flute and harp K299 in the “Auditorium del Parco” in l’Aquila; a duo with the mandolinist Francesco Mammola; and the Ensemble “A. Casella” composed of harp, cello, two guitars and four mandolins. She also took part to classical and pop orchestral projects, performing in different areas of Italy, and in halls like the San Carlo theatre in Naples and in the “Collemaggio” Basilica in l’Aquila.
In 2019 she moved to the Netherlands and started her studies in the Royal Conservatoire of Den Haag, having as teachers Ernestine Stoop and Marieke Shoenmakers. There she faced a new environment, a new harp school who made her develop in relation to music and to the instrument, a development which is still in progress. She keeps working on the solo harp repertoire from the classical period to the contemporary one, passing through the lyricsm of the 19th century music and the nuances of the impressionistic one; she also collaborates with her colleagues for chamber music projects, as well as the orchestral ones, playing in concert halls like De Doelen in Rotterdam, TivoliVrendenburg in Utrecht, and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
From 2020 she started a collaboration with her colleague Alberto Tombolan for the realization of new compositions for harp and live electronics, and she is willing to extend the boundaries of her performances, believing in a strict relationship between music and other forms of art, such as theatre, literature and visual arts.
This is what she seeks for: diversity and interdisciplinariety, and her musical research is always accompanied by these other artistic expressions. Even though her deepest research is focused particularly on the harp, she loves to apply her experience and skills in projects of different nature, from which she always gets new insights, new things to learn and a lot of inspiration.