Maria Ludwika Gabryś was born into a family of musicians in Warsaw and began to play the piano at an early age. She completed her musical education at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw with Teresa Manasterska and with Ivan Klánsky at the Musikhochschule in Lucerne, Switzerland, graduating with distinction.
Gabrys participated in masterclasses with Andrzej Jasinski, Rudolf Buchbinder, Murray Perahia, Marcello Abbado, Andrei Gavrilov and Kristian Bezuidenhout. Her fascination with period instruments led her back to Switzerland, where she studied historical performance practice with Jesper Christensen at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
Gabrys is prize winner of numerous competitions, including the international Chopin competitions in Antonin (Poland), Göttingen (Germany), and Mariánské Lázne (Czech Republic). She won 1st prize at the Beethoven Competition in Hradec, Czech Republic in 1999 and at the Edwin Fischer Competition in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2007. In 2006 Gabrys was awarded the Mozart Prize of the city of Lucerne; in 2012 she won 1st prize in the historical instruments category at the “Golden Ring” Chopin Competition in Slovenia.
Maria Ludwika Gabrys uses a variety of keyboard instruments in her chamber music and solo concert performances at major music venues around Europe, the US, South Korea, China and Japan. She has made numerous recordings for Swiss and Polish Radio and was invited to music festivals such as the Chopin Festival in Vienna, Mittel-Fest in Cividale, Italy, the International Music Students Festival in Kyoto, Japan, the Piano Festival in Slupsk, Poland and the Chopin Festival in Mariánské Lázne. In recent years, Gabrys has performed with renowned Polish orchestras including the Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonia Viva, the Rzeszów Philharmonic, and Olsztyn Philharmonic, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz, the Ostrava Philharmonic and the Lira Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marek Pijarowski, Tomasz Radziwonowicz, Tomas Koutnik, Thüring Bräm, Paul Dykstra and Ariel Zukermann.
In 2005 Gabrys joined the faculty of the Fryderyk Chopin University in Warsaw. In 2008 she served as guest lecturer in piano at the Keimyung-Chopin Music Academy in Daegu, Korea. She was a jury member of several international piano competitions such as the Chopin Competition in Mariánské Lázne and the RAHN Competition in Zurich, Switzerland and has taught master classes in Poland, South Korea and Switzerland. She has received grants from the International Chopin Society, the Polish Children’s Fund, the Crescendum est Polonia Foundation, and the Polish Ministry of Culture.
In 2011 Gabrys earned her earned doctorate degree from the Chopin University in Warsaw with a dissertation on Mozart’s piano music.
Since June 2016 professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw where she teaches.
Maria Ludwika Gabrys is an active member of the Polish Children’s Fund, a programme for musically talented children.