Italians in London | Italians in London Maria Chiara Argirò
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#23 Maria Chiara Argirò

I’m a pianist and composer from Rome. I moved to London back in 2009 thinking I was gonna stay only one year to study at a music college. I decided then to continue my music studies and since the beginning I started working with so many different artists and musicians. I  toured all over the world and felt immediately that this city can offer you a unique opportunity. It’s not an easy place to live but it helped me to find my own sound (musically speaking) and my own vision of life.
I am very happy to be in this city! It’s an incredible experience to be involved in many artistic projects with people coming from so many different parts of the world. Each day feels like an important learning experience.
What do you do in your life in London?
I am a full time musician but I love Art in all its forms. I often go to exhibitions, concerts, cultural events as are essential experiences that influence my music and my everyday life.
What is the reason to leave Italy and come to London?
In London the Music scene is respected, although it’s very hard it is a very rewarding path, musically and humanly. It’s one of the reasons why I moved here as it seemed impossible to be as respected in Italy.
What were your best and worst experiences in London.
An unforgettable experience has been playing at the Barbican with an orchestra of 35 elements. And also recording at the legendary Abbey Road studios.
On the other side, the house hunting the first months has been a real challenge, and moving between 7 houses just in the first year is perhaps an experience I won’t easily forget.
I asked you to choose a place in London that you like or you are tied to, what was your choice and why you made it?
Alexandra Palace is a place I see from my window in the place I currently live. It’s an incredible space for live music. I often go there to have a quiet moment and you can see almost the entire city from there and in the end it feels not as big as we think!
During your early times in London, did you have any problem?
Yes, of course, moving to a new city can always be tricky but after the first 6 months I felt it has been a good choice as I learnt so much from the initial difficult times.
What do you think about this project?
This project is a good way to see the Italian community in London as one united thing. it’s something, I think, we have lost in Italy.
It’s also great to see all the achievements us Italian can achieve when we have the opportunities.
How do you think you could support and promote Italian culture? 
Doing music. There is no better way for me to express who I am and where I come from and to support the Italian culture as an Italian artist living in London.