Maria was born in Russia, where she trained as a pianist from an early age. At 17 she came to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Philip Shovk and Gerard Willems. Since she moved to Australia, Maria has recorded and performed recitals in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. She also received a scholarship to study with Philip Kawin of the Manhattan School of Music, New York.
Maria is the principal pianist of Omega Ensemble, currently Ensemble in Residence at City Recital Hall. During the past few years with the ensemble, she has recorded and premiered new Australian works and performed in both the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Government House Music series with acclaimed Soprano Emma Matthews. In 2014 Maria joined the ensemble on a regional tour of New South Wales with French virtuoso clarinetist Paul Meyer.