Maria Zemantauski is a nylon-string guitarist and composer whose style is most influenced by the Spanish classical and flamenco repertoire. She has performed in Spain, Italy and across the continental United States to great acclaim. Her five cd releases, including the self-titled, "Maria Zemantauski" (2018) have received stellar reviews from music critics around the world. Maria’s programs are a dynamic blend of artistic freedom, innovation and tradition. As one reviewer wrote, “Zemantauski has continually pushed the boundaries of the possible with her trusty 6-string, blending genres that have little or no business appearing on the same bill, much less in the same song. It's rarely less than electrifying to watch her do it."
With a Master of Arts in Anthropology, Maria is highly regarded for combining both performance and sociocultural analysis and is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities nationwide. She performs extensively as a soloist, with guitarist/mandolinist Sten Isachsen and with her global music project, The Maria Z Ensemble. She has been the Coordinator of Cultural Affairs at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY since 2004 and is on the faculty in the college's Department of Fine Arts, Theater Arts & Digital Media.