Maria Fedotova was born in Leningrad. At 5, she started to practice music and as early as at the age of 7 she gave her first solo concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater, as well as in duet with her father – flutist Vladimir Fedotov. In 1996 Maria graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Professor Alexandra Vavilina-Mravinskaya’s class). Since 1991 she has been a soloist of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra headed by Vladimir Fedoseyev.
Maria has participated in international festivals in Salzburg, Verbier, Elmau, Lochenhaus, Bregenz, in such contests as “Snow and Symphony”, “Bach at la Transcription”, “Les Museiques”, “Europalya”, “Dekabrskie Vechera”, “Palaces of St. Petersburg”, “Easter Festival”, (the project “The World Orchestra for Peace”), Menton, Gmunden, Reichenau, Kronberg Academy and many others.
The European press called Maria Fedotova “a world-class musician” (“Neue Musik”, 26.02.01). Her solo concerts are held in best halls of the world – the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, The St. Petersburg Philharmonia and Capella, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna, Cite de la Musique Paris, Musikhalle Hamburg. She cooperates with such conductors as Vladimir Fedoseyev, Justus Frantz, Alexander Titov, Robert Stelly, Teodor Currentzis, Roman Kofman, Arnold Kaz, Saulius Sondeckis.
“The incarnated combination of grace, naturalness, young charm and inner culture”, - this is how the European press characterizes Maria Fedotova (The Letuvos Rytos, 2001).
Maria Fedotova cooperates with such distinguished musicians as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Tatiana Grindenko, Alexander Rudin, Naoko Yoshino, Michala Petri.
As a young girl, Maria studied authentic performance on historic instruments.
Maria Fedotova has presented to Russian and European audience premiers of compositions of such modern composers as Christopher Rouse, Ned Rorem, Leonard Bernstain, Toru Takemitsu, Boris Tishchenko, Vladimir Martynov, Vyacheslav Gaivaronsky, Giya Kancheli, Elliott Carter, Roland Freisitzer, Thomas Heinisch, Thomas Meier, Vera Yanarchekova, Pavel Karmanov, Krzysztof Zgraja, Arvydas Malcys. In her repertoire, classics beautifully combines with avant-garde, traditional programs - with alternatives ones.
“This flutist managed to astound with her virtuosity alone, however, her abilities and artistry directly introduced us into music and surrounded us with it. We contacted with the idea itself, not with the technology of its realization, at the same time feeling the taste of adventure, as-yet unheard. (The Letuvos Rytas, 2002).