Marie was born in Canberra and began studying piano at the age of 8 with Ann Thompson. She gained her Bachelor of Music from the Canberra School of Music in 1987, having studied for four years with John Luxton. She was fortunate to also have many lessons with the Hungarian pianist Peter Nagy, during his time as Artist-in-Residence at the Canberra School of Music in 1987. This experience inspired Marie to move to Europe to continue to improve her pianistic skills. She was based in Vienna for more than a decade, during which time she thoroughly enjoyed the inspirational teaching of Sally Sargent. Sally had been a student of Marcel Ciampi and Nadia Boulanger and the teaching of these great pianists and pedagogues was evident in her teaching.
Since her return to Canberra in 2000 Marie has been teaching at the ANU School of Music and privately from her studio which is located in Pearce. Marie is a member of the Music Teachers' Association of NSW. She prepares students for AMEB exams and has consistently had excellent results including several students gaining their A MusA with distinction as well as students gaining their L MusA. She also has a proven track record with her students achieving outstanding results in competitions. Examples include:
2007: MTA competition: 5 out of 5 first places and 4 out of 5 second places.
2008: MTA competition: 4 out of 5 first places and 4 out of 5 second places.
2008: National Eisteddfod: 14 first places, 15 second places and 10 third places.
2009: National Eisteddfod: 14 first places, 18 second places and 17 third places.
2010: National Eisteddfod: 20 first places(including Open Recital), 8 second places and 9 third places.
2011: National Eisteddfod: 19 first places, 25 second places(including Open Recital),16 third places. 2011: Janice Battisson competition: 11&U: 2nd and 3rd, 12 to 14: 1st, 15 to 18: 1st and 2nd 2012:Janice Battisson competition: 11&U: 1st,2nd and 3rd,12 to 14: 1st, 15 to 18: 1st and 3rd.
Marie won the AMEB Teaching Shield for “Piano Preliminary to 6th Grade” for 2012. The shield is awarded to the teacher who achieves the best exam results throughout NSW. The presentation ceremony is in March 2013.
Marie encourages her students to perform and is very proactive in organising performance opportunities for them. She is committed to bringing out the best in her students and is enthusiastic in her approach to teaching. Marie focuses very much on helping her students build an extremely solid foundation with regard to technical and musical development, which is essential if they wish to achieve a high level of playing.