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Maria Eduarda Mendes Martins is a composer, performer, and arts administrator living in the unceded territories of the Lekwungen People (Victoria BC).

Her pieces explore experimental and abstract sounds (such as resonance, gradual changes of colour, extended instrumental techniques), while maintaining a deeply melodic and elementary character. By exploring medieval melodies through the instrumental languages of our time, Maria foregrounds the human connections existing 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, Maria completed a bachelor’s degree in music composition at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), and a master’s degree in music composition at University of Victoria, where she also received orchestral conducting training with Ajtony Csaba. Her involvement with the local community and music production led Maria to stay in Canada, becoming a Permanent Resident of the country in June of 2019.

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 Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Allegra Chamber Orchestra, Orkest de Ereprijs, Neue Vocalsolisten, Quatuor Bozzini, Luciane Cardassi, Mark McGregor (among others), in cities across North America, South America, and Europe.

Maria Eduarda will start her doctorate degree in music composition (DMA) at University of Toronto in 2021, and she thanks her husband Alex Jang, for all the love, support, and musical partnership (with projects such as the Omni Temporum Duo).