Mariya Bukhina

Voice Juror

United States/Ukraine

Chairperson - Voice Competition

Vice President in Public Relations, President of the New York Branch of the Int'l Academy of Science, Education, Industry and Arts.

Maria Bukhina was born in Poltava (Ukraine), USSR, where she received her early music and vocal training. She completed her graduate degree with high honors in voice at the Rostov State Conservatory of Music, one of the major conservatories in the Soviet Union. Within a short period of time she was recognized and obtained a reputation of a leading Russian soprano soloist .Her wide and diverse repertoire encompasses European and Russian operatic works from all periods, as well as innumerable folk songs.

She was a winner of many vocal auditions and competitions in Moscow and was selected to perform a few lead operatic roles in Moscow Theaters and Moscow Philharmonic: Tosca, Aida, Othello, Eugene Onegin, Queen of Spades and Charodeika. Maria also performed in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Vivaldi's Magnificat Performing with the Moscow Symphonic Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Ancient Symphonic Chamber Music and Moscow Camera Music Ensemble. Ms. Buhina's performances of works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schubert, Brahms and Liszt were broadcasted live over national television and radio.

Upon arrival to United States, Ms. Buhina has had much success as the principal voice instructor for the Opera Houses in New York, San Francisco, Omaha, and Nebraska; she also directed choral performances, and coached many vocalists.

An Honorary Voice Jury Member of Gershwin Competitions 2013 and 2015, Maria Bukhina is an active proponent of the Jewish and American pop songs.