Russian mezzo-soprano Maria Ostroukhova began her international career after winning the Michael Oliver Prize at the London Handel Competition in 2015. Her upcoming performances and recent engagements include Arsace/Ormisda (London Handel Festival); Bradamante/Alcina (Lammermuir Festival and Ryedale Festival Opera); Rosmilda/Elpidia (St. Georges Hanover Square); Albino/I pellegrini al sepolcro di Nostro Signore (Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Philharmonic Hall); and Emirena/Adriano in Siria (Cadogan Hall).
Concert performances encompass Verdi’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Janacek’s The Diary of the One Who Disappeared and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. Maria studied at the Moscow Gnessins’ College of Music as a pianist and accompanist with Anna Arzamanova and Marianna Shalitaeva, graduated magna cum laude; the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire as a pianist, harpsichordist, historical piano and basso continuo with Yuri Martynov and Alexandra Koreneva; and recently graduated from the Royal College of Music, London with a Master of Vocal Performance and a Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance, both with distinction.