Marioara Trifan (born 8 March 1950) is an internationally performing American pianist and conductor.
Trifan was born in Los Angeles and grew up in New Jersey. She studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, and at the Juilliard School, New York, where she received Bachelor's and Master's degrees. She won prizes at several international piano competitions, such as Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (1971), Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition (1975), Clara Haskil International Piano Competition (1981), Sydney International Piano Competition (1977), Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition (1975), Premio Jaén (1973), Concorso Internazionale Dino Ciani in Milan (1975).
She made her conducting debut in 1985 at the National Theatre Mannheim and has since extensively conducted operas, symphonies, and ballet, in Germany and the United States. Trifan was First Kapellmeister at Theater Koblenz from 1994 to 1998. Since then, she professor and Musical Director at the Opera School of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München in Munich and gives frequent master classes in Europe and America.
- Blankenburg, Elke Mascha (2003). Dirigentinnen. Erfolgsgeschichten von Marin Alsop bis Simone Young (in German). Europäische Verlagsanstalt. ISBN 978-3434505365.