River Mara was born in 2000 in Romania, in the heart of Transylvania. She grew up listening to a wide variety of genres and learnt to appreciate the diversity of music form from an early age. Her music ranges from classical contemporary pieces for chamber ensembles and orchestra to pop music.
Her experience as a composer, songwriter and performer in both classical and pop music spheres makes it so that her songwriting is diverse, but with a consistently unique sound that is easily recognisable.
At the age of four she started playing the piano and ever since then, her passion for music steadily increased.
At the age of ten, she started composing classical music. Her abilities as a composer were rewarded in various composition competitions, such as the international composition competition “Artistes en herbe” in Luxembourg. In the following years, her passion for creating music branched out into songwriting.
In 2016, she participated in the 6th season of Romania’s Got Talent performing her original songs, which brought her the 4th place in the finale of the show. Subsequently, she was commissioned to write several songs for Andra, one of the most popular singers in Romania. So far, two of these songs, Sweet Dreams and Lie To Me, have been released, collectively gaining over 350 million views on YouTube. Sweet Dreams has been remixed by Radio Killer, T‑Mass and Pascal Junior.
Additionally, in 2016, she was granted a full scholarship at the Purcell School, where she studied composition until 2018.
In 2019, she was a singer and co-writer in duo Mihai and Mara, who were finalists of Open Mic UK.
River Mara is currently studying classical composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.