Maria Rostovtseva began her compositional studies in 2011 at the Georg Ots Tallinn Music College with Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes and continued at the Royal Conservatoire the Hague (Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag). There she obtained a Bachelor´s as well as a Master’s degree in composition. Her main teachers there were Peter Adriaansz, Calliope Tsoupaki, Yannis Kyriakides but she also received lessons from Jan van de Putte, Rozalie Hirs, Silvia Borzelli, Alison Isadora, Anne La Berge and Seung-Won Oh. Furthermore, she has had masterclasses with Justin Christensen, Peter Graham, Ivo Medek, Juhani Nuorvala, Wojciech Widłak, Leo Samama, James Wood. In 2013 she received a Master´s degree in music pedagogy at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Rostovtseva has mainly composed chamber music. Her works have been performed by Kluster5, But What About, MikroEnsemble, Residentie Orkest, Latvian Radio Choir and others.
Елизавета играла с огнем (Elizabeth played with fire) for bass clarinet in Bb, female voice, guitar (2016). Text by Daniil Kharms.
Something in-between (2016) for six sopranos. Text by Jaan Kaplinski.
Sonett nr.1 – for mixed choir (2017). Text by Marie Under.
A plunge into sparkling happiness (2018) for viola, soprano, melodica, piano, cello and sine waves
Falling through ring systems (2018) for quarter-tone flute, quarter-tone clarinet, quarter-tone guitar, quarter-tone piano, violin and cello
According to Frank (2018) for orchestra
Close in on (2019) for percussion, harp and double bass