Maria Kouznetsova is an improvisor, organizer, collaborative pianist, and composer based in Waterloo, Ontario. Recent honours include WLU Alumni Gold Medal (2017), First Runner-up in NUMUS' first annual Emerging Curators Competition (2015), and the Evelyn Mae McLaughlin Memorial Award in Music Composition (2014).
Maria completed her studies in Composition-Improvisation and Music Theory at Wilfrid Laurier University, studying improvisation under Kathryn Ladano. She has also studied composition with Linda Catlin Smith and Glenn Buhr, classical piano with Marnie Van Weelden, and jazz piano with Tania Gill and Jason White. A highlight was pursuing a directed study in music curation with Peter Hatch, where she acted as Co-Organizer and Director of Marketing of the inaugural Laurier New Music Festival.
Currently, Maria serves on the board of NUMUS Concerts, and is on the organizing team of the Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions, where she is excited to be creating a space for fellow composers, performers, and improvisors to explore and deepen their practice, as well as engage as part of a community of fellow musicians from around the world.