Maria Chiara Argirò is a London-based pianist, keyboard player and composer.
Born in Rome, Italy, her interest in music began to develop at a very early age through singing, then later through playing the piano with Anna Bellantoni and Paolo Cintio. She also participated in masterclasses with Barry Harris, Fabrizia Barresi, Antonello Sorrentino, Roberto Nicoletti, Alessandro Paternesi and Maddalena Deodato. In search of rhythmical ideas, she started experimenting with African percussion instruments like the djembe and the dundun in bands led by Sena M’Baye, Lamine M’Baye and Ady Thioune. In the meantime she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor degree in History, Science and Technique of Music (Ethnomusicology) at “Tor Vergata University of Rome”.
Aiming to experience music in all its styles, Maria Chiara moved to London in 2009 to study at the London Centre of Contemporary Music at Middlesex University with Roland Perrin, Mike Drinkwater, Sid Gauld, Roberto Pla, Dave O’Higgins, Julian Burdock, Pat Cotton, Anna Stubbs, Gary Poole and Liz Tillotson. She also attended several masterclasses with Dave Holland, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Ross, Eric Alexander and Michel Camilo.
Immediately after finishing her BA in Jazz at Middlesex she started touring with the British art rock band These New Puritans for the “Field of Reeds” and “Spitting Stars” tour, performing throughout Asia, USA, Mexico, and Europe in festivals and in venues such as the Barbican in London or the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles supporting Bjork.
She is also experienced as a bandleader, composer, arranger, session musician and teacher, and has toured in Italy and France and played at the EFG London Jazz Festival with her own Maria Chiara Argirò Quintet.