Bulgarian pianist Maria Prinz was born in Sofia, and began her music education with her father, conductor and composer Konstantin Iliev. Prinz attended the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin, where she studied piano with Rudolf Dunckel, and continued her work with Jörg Demus in Vienna and Yvonne Lefébure in Paris. She has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and performed with conductors Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, and Neville Marriner. Prinz has been a frequent guest artist at music festivals, including the Salzburg Festival, the Pacific Music Festival, the Danube Festival, and the March Music Days in Ruse, Bulgaria. Some of her partners in recitals are flutists Dieter Flury, Wolfgang Schulz, and Patrick Gallois; clarinetists Alfred Prinz, Philippe Cuper, Andrew Marriner, and Peter Schmidl; and soprano Krassimira Stoyanova. In addition to playing concerts, Prinz has also taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 1987. She has recorded for Gega and Naxos.