Mahsa Salali is a contemporary pianist, performance artist, curator and composer based in South East London. She specialises in contemporary piano repertoires with multi-media elements and for acting and speaking pianist. She completed her Bachelor's degree (BMus) in Piano Performance from Goldsmiths University of London where she worked extensively with many composers and premiered many new compositions, she also worked as one of the curators of New Music Ensemble at Goldsmiths University. She graduated in 2018 with MA in Music Performance and Education from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she won the Weingarten Prize for Solo Piano. Mahsa was also awarded commended pianist for the 2017 John Halford Contemporary Piano Competition at Trinity Laban.
Mahsa has worked extensively with many contemporary artists and composers, she has performed and premiered several new compositions. Recently she premiered a piece for speaking pianist “I AM”; a collaborative work with composer Rotem Sherman and author Alain Bremond. The piece premiered at London's St John’s Smiths Square for Occupy The Pianos Festival, it was later awarded a commended composition at the 2018 John Halford Competition.
Mahsa has a great passion for curation, she was the artistic director and curator of the New Lights Piano Festival at Trinity Laban in 2017 & 2018. New Lights is a multimedia cross-art festival featuring dance, sound-art, research-installations and performance art, with a focus on contemporary piano repertoires, including commissioned new works by up and coming composers.
As well as performance and curator, Mahsa is also a music educator and researcher. In May 2017 as part of her Master's studies she completed an a/r/tography music research education project, on the topic of “Conservative Culture | Progressive Conservatoires”. The research was praised by many academic staff and professors at Trinity Laban and later was presented at TL New Music Festival in June 2018.
" It is no exaggeration when I say all the performers were excellent, but I do have to make one special mention of Mahsa Salali who completely sucked me in. She was like a piano puppet master – authoritative, passionate – completely in control. She played Frederic Rzewski Piano Piece IV - I’ve never heard a piano sound like that – it was percussive, exciting, light, dark and real and Mahsa was utterly mesmerising." @Herbert Magazine. October 2017 as part of BNW Concert Series