Maria Shilo was born in Leningrad. Graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov School of Music (class of Rostislav Yakovlev) and the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Alexander Shilo). In 2009 she was a prize-winner at the International Serge Koussevitzky Double-Bass Competition. Since 1999 she has appeared with the QuattroBass double-bass quartet. As a member of the ensemble she has toured throughout Russia and Europe. Has attended master-classes given by Klaus Trumpf in Munich. Has appeared with symphony orchestras in Ryazan, Belgorod and Novosibirsk. Performs recitals at various venues in St Petersburg and throughout Russia and Europe.
She is currently a musician with the Mariinsky Orchestra.