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Maria Ioudenitch was born in Balashov, Russia, and moved with her family to Kansas City when she was 3 years old. An American with a Russian heart and soul, Maria began her violin studies surrounded by the sounds of the piano, played by both of her parents Tatiana and Stanislav Ioudenitch. Her teachers have included Gregory Sandomirsky, Ben Sayevich, then Pamela Frank and Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Curtis Institute of Music. Maria has graduated with her Master’s from the New England Conservatory studying with Miriam Fried, and is now pursuing her Artist Diploma.
Recent solo engagements include performances with the Utah Symphony, Israel Camerata, Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Signature Symphony at TCC, National Orchestra of Uzbekistan, and Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Recent chamber music engagements include performances in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Connecticut, and Boston. Maria was appointed Concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra for 2016-2017, ending the season with a tour through Finland, Germany, Austria, the UK, and Poland, featuring Strauss's Ein Heldenleben. Maria has also taken part in multiple summer festivals and academies, and will be attending the Marlboro Music Festival in the summer of 2021.
Apart from classical music, Maria adores Jazz and visual art. Her favorite composers and artists change with her mood — currently, Robert Schumann (Classical), Oscar Peterson (Jazz), and Remedíos Varo (Surrealist art) have captured her heart!