maria demacheva, violin & viola

Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Currently based in Montreal, Canada

MMUS Master of Music, University of Montreal (2009)
BMUS Bachelor of Music, University of Montreal (2006)

Violin: Charly Edry, Montreal (1997)

Musical projects: Ben Wilkins, New Generation Chamber Orchestra, Surkalén

Maria Demacheva began playing violin at the age of seven in Moscow, Russia. Prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition, Festival de musique du Royaume (Chicoutimi) and Festival de musique de Montréal, Maria completed her Master’s in violin performance at the University of Montreal in 2009, under the direction of Claude Richard. She has also studied with Pavel Feldman, Jean-Pierre Walez, Masuko Ushioda, Jonathan Crow, and Mikhail Kopelman. Maria plays regularly in a number of Canadian and American orchestras, and occasionally performs as a chamber musician and soloist. After the recent tour of the theatrical production Edgar et ses fantômes, she took up the viola. This led to an opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, and to tour as a chamber musician through various cities in Poland.

In April 2012, Maria was invited to join the New Generation Chamber Orchestra, a young and promising ensemble founded by the late Yuli Turovsky. Maria is also a founding member of the Ethno-Fusion band Surkalén, which performs in international festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Fest, Festival du Bout du Monde, and Festival des Nuits d’Afrique. Surkalén’s songs are regularly aired on such radio stations as CBC Radio 2, Radio Canada International and Télévision Francophone d’Ontario. Ever faithful to her desire to explore diverse musical styles, Maria is also a member of singer-songwriter Ben Wilkin’s string quartet.

Passionate about bringing her love of music to young people, Maria began her teaching career at the University of Montreal’s École des Jeunes in 2007. She currently teaches at both the Pierre-Laporte High School Music Academy and Villa Maria College.