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Maria Zaharenia is a Greek & American media composer based in Athens, Greece & Sofia, Bulgaria. She began studying music at the age of 3 at The Ohio Conservatory in the United States. At 20, she moved to NYC and began working with grammy-award winning musicians from bands Banda Magda and Snarky Puppy and composing for filmmakers across the US. She is currently working as a freelance media composer and as a production manager for remote recording sessions in Sofia and Athens.

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2016 - Flux edit

Additional Work Experience

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Production Manager

The Film Scoring Academy of Europe offers full-time Masters, Online Graduate, and summer programs in film and game scoring. Rooted in providing composers comprehensive practical experiences of working with filmmakers and recording their music with live orchestra.

Flux Studio NYC (smaller)

Recording Studio Intern

Flux is a 3000 SQF cutting edge music studio, with a vintage heart and a modern mind. Located in East Village, Manhattan, NYC.

Banda Magda

Composer's Assistant

Banda Magda is a world music band that combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.


Mark Rubinstein


Mark Rubinstein is an audio engineer and teacher. His work as a recording engineer has led to Grammy nominations and platinum records for his clients. He is one of the 100 people in the world who are certified by Digidesign as a Pro Tools HD Music Expert. He has taught at The Ohio State University since 2009.

Donald Harris

Composition Teacher

Donald Harris (1931 - 2016) was an American composer and professor. He won many prestigious awards and honors for his compositions. He taught at The Ohio State University for 22 years before retiring in 2013.

Tricia Thomson

Piano Teacher

Tricia Thomson is a piano teacher and the founder of The Ohio Conservatory. She started the conservatory in 1996, and still serves as director and teacher. She teaches children aural skills and music theory through piano playing and singing.

Formal Education

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Graduate Student


Music for Motion Pictures and Contemporary Media


Master of Fine Arts


Conrad Pope Scholarship


Film Scoring Academy of Europe

The Ohio State University School of Music
The Ohio State University Department of Theatre
The Ohio State University Film Studies Program
The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD)

Undergraduate Student


Personalized Study Plan in

Music Composition for Multimedia


Music Media and Enterprise


Bachelor of Arts


Honors in the Arts

Magna Cum Laude


The Ohio State University

The New York University Screen Scoring Workshop

Workshop Auditor


NYU Screen Scoring Workshop is a 1 week program for professionals and students to write music for a cue, receive feedback from faculty, and record their cue with a live orchestra.


New York University

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