Born in Serbia, Marija began playing violin when she was seven years old. From the age of 10 she started training, under the tutelage of Georgy Zazrovic, at The School for Musically Gifted Children in Cuprija, one of three institutes in Europe exclusively devoted to the teaching of stringed instruments. During these years, and before moving on to university, she traveled throughout Europe, competing and winning multiple summa cum laude musical festival awards for solo and ensemble playing. Marija earned her Master’s degree and graduated in 2010 from the University for Music Arts in Belgrade. Marija has performed in many ensembles with musicians of varying genres (including Willie Colon, Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, Marie Christine Katz, Ibo Cooper, Freddy McGregor, Ken Boothe, Hamish Kilgour). Along with exploring and expanding her repertoire, Marija privately teaches violin to students of all skill levels.