Maria Männistö delights in exploring the vast range of human expression through music, be it classical repertoire, demanding contemporary works, Scandinavian folk singing, or her own compositions. She has premiered numerous works, including Wayne Horvitz' Smokestack Arias at ACT Theatre and Garrett Fisher's Kocho at the Galapagos Art Space in New York. During this season, she has performed contemporary works such as Berio’s Circles and Adès Life Story with Seattle Symphony [untitled], Ung’s Still Life After Death with Seattle Modern Orchestra, and Soper’s Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say and Zubel’s Unisono I at Seattle Symphony’s contemporary music marathon at Octave 9. Other recent performances include Sibelius Kullervo with Seattle Symphony and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Upcoming solo engagements include Reinbert de Leeuw’s Im wunderschönen monat Mai with Seattle Symphony [untitled], Janàček’s The Eternal Gospel with Seattle Symphony, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Pacific Northwest Ballet. HÄMÄRÄ, the music theater piece she is currently composing and developing with director Benjamin Mosse, investigates how language and landscape affect identity. She recently performed excerpts from the work at Helsinki Musiikkitalo as a part of the Suomi-Seura "Suomi 100 Maailmalla" concert. Maria has performed over 40 recitals worldwide, and has performed and recorded with the Flemish Radio Choir, Emerald Ensemble, Solaris, and The Tudor Choir. She serves as organist and music director at the Finnish Lutheran Church in Seattle, and performs frequently at Nordic events around the Pacific Northwest.