Baroque violin, viola d'amore
Began studying the violin at the age of seven with Professor Georgy Tagauri in Tbilisi. Graduated from the special lyceum school of music of the St Petersburg Conservatoire (class of Neli Sklyarskaya) and from the conservatoire itself with distinction (class of Professor Ovcharek). Became a grant recipient of the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation.
She began to become engages in authentic performance in 1998, working with the St Petersburg early music ensemble Musica Petropolitana and Andrei Reshetin. Took master-classes from Zakhar Bron, Boris Kuschnir, Marie Leonhardt, Andrew Manze, Monica Huggett, Peter van Heyghen and Andrew Lawrence-King.
Prize-winner at the Jascha Heifetz International Violin Competition in Vilnius and the Alexander Glazunov International Competition in Paris.
Since 2001 she has appeared with the Orchestra of Catherine the Great (since 2007 the Soloists of Catherine the Great ensemble) under Andrei Reshetin.
Has taken part in a production of Paisiello's opera I filosofi immaginari, performed at the Oude Muziek festival in Utrecht and the Early Music festival in St Petersburg (2003), as well as the premiere of Mattheson's opera Boris Goudenow at the Boston Early Music Festival (2005). Since 2011 she has collaborated with the Russian-Estonian ensemble Baltic Baroque, which ran the Vivaldi Collection project – a recording of all of Vivaldi's instrumental works. Performs with Dmitry Sinkovsky's ensemble La Voce Strumentale (Moscow) and directs the ensemble Barocco Concertato which she founded.
In 2014 Maria Krestinskaya appeared as guest leader of the orchestra Il Complesso Barocco at the premiere of the first contemporary production of Gluck's Demofoonte (Theater an der Wien, conductor – Alan Curtis).