Marza Merophi Wilks is a twenty four year old, Peruvian-born cellist. She has been playing classical cello since the age of 5 and is a current Master of Music student at The Juilliard School, where she studies with Natasha Brofsky. A recent graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music, she just completed her Graduate Diploma and Bachelor of Music degrees under the guidances of Paul Katz and Natasha Brofsky.
Marza has a strong passion for community engagement and sharing her music with communities that wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to. Marza has worked with The National Orchestral Institute, The Juilliard School, and The New England Conservatory to inspire musicians of underrepresented minorities.
Marza has been a guest soloist with several orchestras, including the Orchestra of the Southern Fingerlakes, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and others. Marza has been named a semi-finalist of the prestigious 2016 Sphinx Competition.
Marza has had the honor of playing for esteemed musicians such as Ansi Karttunen, Pieter Wispelwey, Peter Stumpf, Robert DeMaine, Gary Hoffman, Rosemary Elliott, Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Doane, and The Shanghai Quartet.
Marza has held fellowships from The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. Summer involvement has included: The Sitka Cello Seminar, Sarasota Music Festival, the Heifetz International Music Institute, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Meadowmount School of Music.