Honors and Awards (ao):


1st price “Prix du Port”, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Price for excellent musical talent of The University of the Arts, Codarts


“Award in recognition of outstanding musicianship”
Berklee in Umbria, Italy
(Berklee College of Music Summer Jazz Clinics)



1st price at the Artez Holland Casino Jazz Competition,
The Netherlands


Nomination for the Music Matters Award, Rotterdam


Nomination for the MCN-up! Award for young talent.


Akademia Awards - Best Album Jazz / with Ara's Circle 
(Lead Vocals, Songwriting)




Maria is a professional singer, songwriter and communication coach.

She teaches vocal technique & interpretation at the University of the Arts - Codarts in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


She has a Bachelor degree in Jazz Vocals, a Master degree in World Music Vocals and is a Certified Master Teacher in Estill Voice Training. She has recently finished her studies 'Nonviolent Communication" at the Ai-Opener Institute in the Netherlands and she is also a certification candidate for CNVC (Center for Nonviolent Communication) and expects to be a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) soon.


She is currently developing a mental training method for musicians based on Nonviolent Communication, working as a freelance communication trainer and Mental Coach for the Conscious Collective and is preparing for the recordings of a new album.




             Bachelor of Music - Jazz Vocals - ArtEZ Conservatory
             Master of Music - Vocals - Codarts University for the Arts

                               Certified Master Teacher in EVT  (CFP, Voiceprint, Anatomy, Internship)


   Certificate of Figure Proficiency in Estill Voice Training


   Nonviolent Communication - International Intensive Training 


   Nonviolent Communication Training - Jaaropleiding  Ai-opener Institute 


   CNVC Certification Canditate / Nonviolent Communication