Maria Männistö, “one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices I have heard in years,” (Seattle Times), moves comfortably among a wide range of musical styles to international acclaim. An adventurous recitalist, she has performed as soloist in contemporary works such as Adès’ Life Story and Scelsi’s Khoom with the Seattle Symphony, Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Berio’s Circles with Seattle Modern Orchestra, and Van der Aa’s In Circles with The Box Is Empty. She has premiered works by Wayne Horvitz (Smokestack Arias), Garrett Fisher (Kocho and Kakitsubata), William O. Smith (Space in the Heart) and Tom Baker (Hunger: The Journey of Tamsen Donner).
During the 2016-17 season, Männistö sang two roles in the premiere of Garrett Fisher’s The Passion Trilogy in Los Angeles, appeared as soprano soloist in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s West Side Story and Nutcracker, performed Robert Erickson’s The Idea of Order at Key West with Seattle Modern Orchestra, and joined Emerald Ensemble for their performance of Bach’s six motets. She also performed her own compositions at Helsinki’s first-class concert hall Musiikkitalo, and sang a recital of Finnish art songs at the Music Instrument Museum in Brussels to celebrate 100 years of Finland’s independence. Upcoming solo engagements include Kaija Saariaho’s Leinolaulut with Philharmonia Northwest, Beat Furrer’s Aria with Seattle Modern Orchestra, and Jean Sibelius’ Kullervo with Seattle Symphony.
Männistö has performed over 30 solo recitals in the US, Canada, Finland, Belgium, and Germany, and has performed and recorded with The Flemish Radio Choir, Emerald Ensemble, The Tudor Choir, The Byrd Ensemble, Opus 7, and Solaris. She performs frequently on film and video-game soundtrack recordings. A dedicated member of the Seattle area Finnish community, she serves as the primary organist at the Finnish Lutheran Church, and performs regularly at Nordic festivals and events.