Maria Goundorina was born in Novosokolniki in Russia and grew up near Moscow, where she started singing in choirs at the age of seven, taking up conducting when she was fifteen. She studied at the Ippolitov-Ivanov Music College and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (with Boris Tevlin) and later at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Anders Eby, also following courses in musicology at the University of Vienna. Her ideals in terms of choral sound have been influenced by these cities and her studies, but also by her own experiences as a singer and conductor. She has been a member of the Chamber Choir of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Arnold Schoenberg Chor and Mikaeli Chamber Choir, and has conducted numerous Swedish choirs, including the Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and the choir of the Royal Swedish Opera. Since 2010 Maria Goundorina has been artistic director of Allmänna Sången. She also teaches choral conducting and singing and Russian music at courses in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. Since 2015 Maria Goundorina has been teaching choral singing at the renomated choral school in Stockholm – Adolf Fredrik Musikklasser.