Maria Finkelmeier

Percussion Performer; Educator; Arts Entrepreneur

Named a “one-woman dynamo” by the Boston Globe, Maria Finkelmeier is a percussion performer, educator, and arts entrepreneur based in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the founder and director of Kadence Arts, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, and cofounder of Masary Studios, a sound, light, and performance collective.

Along with her performance and leadership activities, Finkelmeier teaches as Northeastern University, and is the former program manager of the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at New England Conservatory. Previously, she spent three years in Northern Sweden at the Piteå Institution for Music and Media as an artist in residence.

Finkelmeier has taken contemporary percussion performance from concert halls throughout the United States and Europe with orchestras and chamber ensembles to unexpected spaces such as Fenway Park, the Tree Hotel in Sweden, Boston Center for the Arts’ historic Cyclorama, and the Frost Ice Bar for ArtWeek. Her solo project, #improvadayLIVE, combines video, classical marimba, social media, and electronics into a multisensory experience. She is Yamaha Performing Artist, and endorses Grover Pro Percussion, Vic Firth, and Remo.