María Martínez Ayerza was born in 1982 in Cuenca (Spain), where she started her musical training. She graduated with distinction at the Conservatory of Seville in 2000 and moved to The Netherlands to continue her studies with Paul Leenhouts at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. After graduating as a Bachelor of Music in 2004, Maria specialized in Renaissance consort repertoire and modern chamber music, and received her Master of Music diploma in 2006. She also studied Musicology at the University of Amsterdam, completing her Master of Arts degree cum laude in September 2009.
In February 2001 Maria joined the double sextet of Renaissance recorders The Royal Wind Music, founded by Paul Leenhouts. Currently, she is a member of both the artistic and executive boards of the ensemble. The Royal Wind Music has recorded several CDs, appeared in radio and television and performs regularly all over Europe.
In 2004 María, Harma Everts (soprano) and Stephanie Brandt (recorders) founded ÆroDynamic, a trio specialized in medieval and contemporary repertoire. The ensemble has stimulated composers from all over the world to generate new repertoire for this unusual but fascinating combination. In August 2005 ÆroDynamic was awarded the Second Prize in the category "trio" at the 9th International Chamber Music Competition in Cracow (Poland). Their first album, 'The Garden with thousand windows', will appear in spring 2011.
In November 2005, Maria received the First Prize of the Moeck / SRP Solo Recorder Competition that took place at the Trinity College of Music, Greenwich. She also received the SRP Walter Bergmann Fund Prize for her performance of "Salamander II" by Hiroyuki Itoh.
In February 2009 María co-founded recorder quintet Seldom Sene, an ensemble devoted to the performance of early and contemporary recorder repertoire. They made their debut at the International Competition for Recorder Ensembles in Le Mans in October 2009, where they were awarded the First Prize. In March 2010 Seldom Sene won the Interpretation Prize at the 17th International Chamber Music Competition in Illzach (France).
María is a versatile recorder professional active in diverse fields besides performance. In October 2004, she was coordinator of the First European Recorder Performance Festival that took place in Amsterdam. Since October 2006 she performs regularly for young children in cooperation with the Memorable Moments Foundation (Amsterdam). In January 2009 María joined the board of editors of Blokfluitist, the only specialized recorder magazine in Dutch. María is also co-programmer of the concert series "Les Goûts Réunis", featuring six solo and chamber music recitals by young professional musicians at the Amstelkerk, Amsterdam.