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. Currently, Maria is pursuing her Master’s at the New England Conservatory with Miriam Fried.
Maria has taken part in multiple summer festivals and academies such as Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the International Summer Academy at Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. She will be attending the Marlboro Music Festival in the summer of 2020.
Recent solo engagements include performances with the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Signature Symphony at TCC, the National Orchestra of Uzbekistan, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors such as Andrey Boreyko, Andrés Franco, Michael Stern, Pavel Smelkov, among others.
Recent chamber music engagements include performances in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile with Roberto Diaz, acclaimed violist and President of Curtis Institute, and performances in Chicago, New York, Connecticut, and Boston with renowned violinist and pedagogue Miriam Fried.
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.
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!