Maria was born in Barcelona in 1993, and started her violin studies at the age of four with her father Cristian Florea, cellist and conductor of the Moldavian Chamber Orchestra. When she was seven years old, Maria performed her first concert as a soloist.
She studied with Gonçal Comellas (Spain) Stefan Gheorghiu (Romania) and Adelina Oprean (Switzerland) and has also attended master classes with Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Eduard Schmieder, Pamela Frank, Yair Kless, Günther Pichler, Leonidas Kavakos among others.
She attended the Reina Sofia Music School in Madrid, from 2010 to 2014 under the guidance of violin professors Zakhar Bron and Yuri Volguin. She was also a member of the “Albeniz de Prosegur” chamber music group with professors Heime Müller and Marta Gulyas. She was awarded the “Outstanding string quartet Award” 2012-2013, given by Her Majesty the Queen of Spain.
She has performed as soloist in “Palau de la Musica Catalana” and “L’Auditori” of Barcelona (Spain), “Teatro Monumental” of Madrid (Spain), “Ateneu” and Radio Hall of Bucharest (Romania), Organ Hall (Republic of Moldova), among others and given recitals in many countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Poland, Ecuador, China and Spain.
Maria has received several prizes and awards in different competitions such as : “Jeunesses Musicales” in Bucharest (Romania), “Paper de Musica” (Barcelona), “Wieniawski Competition” in Lublin (Poland), “Young Virtuosos” in Sofia (Bulgaria), “Parkhouse Award” which took place at the Wigmore Hall of London, and “Juventudes Musicales de España” competition.
She completed her Master degree with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in London with professor György Pauk, and from 2016 to 2018 Maria continued her postgraduate studies at the University Mozarteum of Salzburg with professor Rainer Schmidt.
Maria is currently first violin of Altimira string Quartet, based in Barcelona, and she is also part of Trio Da Vinci, based in Barcelona and Salzburg, which in November 2018 they where awarded second prize at the Montserrat Alavedra chamber music competition in Barcelona.
In the last year, Maria has made her debut as a soloist in Spain with the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Triple concerto, and the Barcelona Symphonic Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
She recently went on a 4 week tour as a soloist in China, performing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.
At the moment, Maria continues her studies at the Musik Akademie Basel, with professor Rainer Schmidt.