A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Mariya has a Master's Degree in performance and 10+ years of experience teaching violin and viola to students of various ages and levels. As an educator, Mariya has served on the faculty of several music festivals and institutions in the Northwest, including the Evergreen Music Festival, Summer String Academy, and the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint. She is also employed by the Edmonds School District as a string coach. Currently, she has a busy studio of string students ages 6-50. Outside of teaching, Mariya has had an active life as a performer both independently and with orchestras in Washington, Massachusetts, and Montana. She currently serves as associate principal violist of the Helena Symphony, and has performed with the Yakima Symphony, MIT Orchestra, and Quincy Symphony (full resume is below). She has also embarked on several recital tours throughout Washington State and runs a project that brings classical music to incarcerated audiences.
Online, Mariya runs a 25k follower Instagram account that documents her work as a freelance musician, has multiple business partnerships and has been featured in magazines including Strings Magazine and Boston Voyager. In 2020, she published a book, "Embracing Fear: How to Become a Confident Musician," which is available on Amazon.
Besides music, Mariya also loves knitting, hiking in the beautiful PNW, and spending quality time with her cats.