short bio

The singer/songwriter and cellist MARA takes you into uncharted territory. In 2020 her solo debut album "OFF THE BEATEN TRACK" was released - a collection of songs and compositions, somewhere between Art Pop, Chanson and Neo Classical - with which she and her cello set off on new paths away from the classical mainstream. Honest and intimate lyrics inspire you to explore your own intuition. This album received a lot of attention in the press, among others the Jazzthetik wrote: "A record that you actually like to listen to because it has real pop appeal."  Her new single "Was du für mich bist" continues that: It is a song about love, about loneliness and about embracements - because physical contact nourishes the soul. "Even if we can't embrace our loved ones in these challenging times, we can tell them how much they mean to us. Let's embrace the world together - albeit virtually - and share our love." 


Originally a professional cellist in the orchestra, her transformation began in 2016 by taking part in the master class of jazz cellist Stephan Braun, at whose final concert she performed Mark Summers "Julie-O" in front of around 700 people in the Festhalle Rutesheim to thunderous applause. She then completed additional studies in jazz improvisation at the Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz and continued her education in singing, songwriting, jazz and composition. MARA is performing as a solo artist since 2018 and has appeared in the WDR-Rundfunksaal, the Kurhaus Wiesbaden and the Capitol Theater Offenbach. In addition to her solo project, she is a guest artist in various orchestras and bands and has appeared on stage with artists such as Michael Bublé, David Garrett, Erwin Schrott and Alex Christensen (ZDF Fernsehgarten).


"I believe this world would be a happier one if all people could express their creativity freely. You have nothing to lose, except that one day you find out that you haven't lived your dreams."

Long Bio

Growing up in Gera, Germany, she got a passion for the cello at the age of 7 and initially pursued a 'purely classical' musical career: she successfully took part in competitions such as "Jugend musiziert" and at the age of 17 played Max Bruch's "Kol Nidrei" as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra Gera. At the same time, however, the desire for more musical freedom was always slumbering. 

This was followed by classical university studies for violoncello with a diploma (Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Conservatoire National Supérior de Musique et Danse in Lyon), but only 10 years and several positions in various professional orchestras later (Staatskapelle Weimar, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden, Philharmonisches Orchester Mainz, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Philharmonisches Orchester Ulm) she began to search for her own music. During a master class by the jazz cellist Stephan Braun at the Cello Akademie Rutesheim, where she performed Mark Summers "Julie-O" with thunderous applause at the final concert in front of about 700 people in the Rutesheimer Festhalle, the spark jumped to try out improvisation for herself.

Inspired by this, wanting to learn more of these new techniques and to delve deeper into genre foreign to classical music, she completed her advanced studies in „Improvisation für Streicher“ at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz in 2018 with jazz cellist Susanne Paul, among others, and trained in modern singing, Songwriting, jazz and composition. She received coaching from the celebrated crossover cellist Tina Guo (Hans Zimmer) in Los Angeles. Since then, MARA is performing as a solo artist and has performed in the WDR-broadcasting hall, in the Kurhaus Wiesbaden and in the Capitol Theater Offenbach. 

In addition to her solo project, she is a guest in various orchestras and bands and has appeared on stage with artists such as Michael Bublé, David Garrett, Erwin Schrott and Alex Christensen (ZDF Fernsehgarten). Concerts and tours have taken her to Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Italy, Finland, Poland, Mexico and Oman.