Marie Vigilante was born in a family of musicians in 1969 in Prague where er love for Chamber music was instilled in her at an early age. After eight years studying with Vlasta Skampova she continued her studies at the Prague Conservatory with Radomir Melmuka. During this time, she was the recipient of numerous prizes in competitions in the then Czechoslovakia e.g.g. Smetana-Piano competition in Hradec Kralove and Beethoven-Competition in Hradec nad Moravici In 1989, she began her studies at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Arts in Prague under the tutelage Professors Pavel Stepan and Emil Leichner Soon after the fall of the iron curtain, Marie received an Austrian Government scholarship to be able to study with prof. Eugen Jakab at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz for two years during which she performed with the Franz Schubert Quartet at the Stefaniensaal in Graz and with the Hochschulorchester Oberschützen as a soloist after successfully auditioning.1994 she finished her studies with a Recital in the Martinu Hall in Palais Lichtenstein in Prague, where she received a distinction. Marie works as an accompanist at the “Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz” since 1993 where she is currently a part time Senior Lecturer. After a successfull audition in 2010, Marie won a full time position as an accompanist at the Joseph-Haydn-Konservatorium in Eisenstadt. Apart from giving numerous concerts in Austria and in the Czech Republic, she has also played in Ireland, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, USA, China, Iran and Australia. Marie has worked in collaboration with the Czech Radio where she has performed works from Janacek, Martinu, Messiaen, Prokofiev and Milhaud. Since 2008, Marie has been recording with the label “Reutterer Music”. As well as solo, she has recorded CDs with Milan Setena (Vienna Philharmonic), Alexandra Reinprecht (Vienna State Opera) amongst others. Marie is resident pianist at the Litomysl International String Masterclass founded by Milan Vitek (Prof. at Oberlin University, USA) since it's inauguration 15 years ago.