Maria gave her first public piano performance at the age of 7! She graduated with distinction from Conservatory in Russia and went on to gain many diplomas and international prizes before receiving a scholarship to study at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2012. She joined the Opera Prelude team in 2014, performing as an accompanist for masterclasses and also as a solo performer both at the keyboard and as a lecturer, adding a Russian twist to Opera Prelude’s programme with a lecture about Tchaikovsky’s opera Yevgeniy Onegin. She also coached and accompanied Opera Prelude’s singers for the all-Russian evening concert in Pushkin House. Since becoming Director of Russian programming, she has collaborated with acclaimed art historians, academics and musicologists to create Russian-themed opera related lectures.