Maureen Zoltek is one of the most gifted among the new generation of American collaborative pianists. She is an alumna of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, the company’s renowned professional-training program. As their apprentice coach from 2013 to 2015, Zoltek worked extensively with the singers in the program as a coach and recital collaborator, while also undertaking musical preparation for Lyric Opera’s productions of La clemenza di Tito, conducted by the company’s music director Sir Andrew Davis, and Tosca, conducted by Dmitri Jurowski. After completing her Ryan Opera Center tenure in the spring of 2015, Zoltek served as a member of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis music staff. In the fall of that same season, she joined the San Francisco Opera music staff full-time, a position that she holds currently.
Zoltek’s appearances as an orchestral pianist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have brought her collaborations with such major conductors as Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, and Valery Gergiev. Among the star performers with whom Zoltek has collaborated are Joyce DiDonato, Alyson Cambridge, and Eric Owens. She is also a guest coach at both the San Francisco Conservatory and Northwestern University.
Zoltek completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May 2013 at the Manhattan School of Music. She also holds a Master’s degree in piano performance and musicology from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from DePaul University.