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Maria-Eduarda Mendes Martins is a composer, conductor, and arts administrator living in Toronto, Canada. 

Featuring a wide variety of ensembles and sonic colours, Maria’s music questions the nature of time, the intricate relationships between past, present, and future, as well as other philosophical matters which are constantly present in history. Ultimately, Maria Eduarda hopes to foreground human connections between different times and cultures. 

Born and raised between two Brazilian capitals (Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre), Maria did not have access to musical education until her adolescence, when she discovered her ability to create medieval-sounding melodies. Since then, she completed a bachelor’s degree in music composition at UFRGS with Celso Loureiro Chaves, a master’s degree in music composition at University of Victoria with Dániel Biró and Christopher Butterfield, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in music composition (DMA) at University of Toronto, having Gary Kulesha as her supervisor. Her involvement with the local music community led Maria to stay in Canada, becoming a Permanent Resident of the country in 2019, and the co-recipient of the Friends of Canadian Music Award, in 2021. 

Maria’s music has been recorded by Ablaze Records, Redshift Music, Musicworks (edition #129) and by Urban Arts Berlin collective. Her works have been performed by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Allegra Chamber Orchestra, Orkest de Ereprijs, Quatuor Bozzini, Luciane Cardassi, Mark McGregor (among others), in cities across North America, South America, and Europe.