A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Mariya has a Master's Degree in performance and 15+ years of experience teaching violin and viola to students of various ages and levels. Her instructors, Rictor Noren and Amber Archibald, are professors who specialize in string pedagogy.
As an educator, Mariya has served on the faculty of several prestigious music festivals and institutions in the Northwest, including the Evergreen Music Festival, Bellevue Summer String Academy, Maple Valley Youth Symphony, Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, and Academia Cesaratti in Durango, Mexico. She is also employed by both the Edmonds School District as a string coach, and by Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestras as a viola coach for their advanced orchestras.
Currently, she has a busy studio of string students ages 4-50+. Her students regularly win auditions for leadership positions and solos in Seattle-area school orchestras and youth symphonies.
Outside of teaching, Mariya has busy career as a performance violinist and violist. She most recently served as associate principal violist of the Helena Symphony Orchestra and has had an active life as a professional symphony musician in Washington, Massachusetts, and Montana.
In 2022, she served as Associate Principal with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra on their partnership performance with the Bavarian Philharmonic in Munich, Germany.
She has also embarked on several recital tours as a soloist throughout Washington State and runs a project that brings classical music to incarcerated audiences in Washington facilities. As a professional event soloist, she has partnered with prominent local businesses, such as Bloodworks Northwest, Seattle Junior League, and Dick's Drive In for events and fundraisers. Mariya also gives regular performances as a soloist and chamber musician at venues such as The Fairmont Hotel, Seattle Art Museum and the Chihuly Museum of Glass.
Her playing can be heard on various artists' tracks on Spotify and Apple Music.
She has recently collaborated as solo violinist with composer Dmytro Gordon on his single "To Ukraine With Hope," available on Spotify.
Online, Mariya runs several social media accounts that document her work as a freelance musician and has multiple promotional partnerships in addition to having been featured in publications 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.