Mariya was born in Sevastopol (Ukraine) in a family of musicians, and was enrolled at the age of 6 at the Music School in Sevastopol. She graduated in 1998 under her mother, Prof. Tatiana Kim, and entered the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, under Prof. Vladimir Krainev.
Since then she has made her name winning an enormous amount of prestigious piano competitions. To mention just a few, she won 1st prize at the “In Memory of V.Horowitz” competition, 1st prize at the Patras International Piano Competition, 1st prize at the “Piano Campus” International Piano Competition, 1st prize at the VI Paderewski International Piano Competition, 1st prize at the Concorso Internazionale Pianistico “Scriabin”, 1st prize the International Piano Competition “Maria Callas Grand Prix”, 1st prize at the China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition, 1st Prize at the 4th Seoul International Music Competition in Korea and 1st prize at the Jose Iturbi International Music Competition in Los Angeles (USA). It should be unnecessary to add that she’s one of the hot favorites to win Top of the World.
Concert engagements have taken Ms. Kim throughout Ukraine and Russia and to Poland, Germany, Austria, Holland, Italy, France, Taiwan, Greece, Turkey, Malaysia, Korea, China and USA. She has performed with, amongst others, Ukraine Philarmonic Orchestra, Athens Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, St.-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Île de France and the Korean National Symphony Orchestra.
She was recently the recipient of a Yamaha Foundation Award in recognition of her accomplishments. Mariya has made recordings for Radio and TV, and her debut CD with works by R.Schumann for the Naxos Label is expected soon. Mariya is currently also doing her after-graduate course at F.Chopin University of Music in Warsaw under Professor Piotr Paleczny.