Maria Atallah is a Canadian composer, pianist and teacher from Ottawa. In 2015, she received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa under the guidance of John Armstrong and Frédéric Lacroix in composition as well as Andrew tunis in piano. Her Three Pieces for Unaccompanied Cello was short listed for the 2014 International Sorodha Composition Competition in Antwerp and she is also a recipient of the Jean-Marie Beaudet Scholarship, which is awarded to a student with outstanding potential in theory and composition.
Maria is currently pursuing a masters in music composition at McGill University where she is a student of Jean Lesage. She was also named Composer-In-Residence for the Schulich Singers, McGill's premier chamber choir, led by Jean-Sebastien Vallée. Maria's research is inspired by the connection between ancient and contemporary music. Her thesis explores melodic, heterophonic writing articulated by acousmatic-inspired techniques. When she is not working on her music, Maria enjoys reading, playing sports and video games.