cellist, performer, filmmaker


Originally from Belarus, Masha Zabara started her performing career as a young cellist at the «Stagorsky Music Festival» followed by collaborating with Minsk Philharmonic Orchestra for two solo performances.

At the age of nine, she was cast in a BelarusFilm feature production of “New Year’s Adventures in July” in the lead role. Shortly afterwards, Masha brought home the first prize at the international vocal competition in Ukraine. In 2012, to concentrate on classical cello performance, Masha entered Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Moscow, Russia.

In 2013, Masha was offered a full scholarship to study with Professor Remenikova in a Pre-Conservatory Program (MN, USA).

In three years, she has performed in five states, played with Minnesota Sinfonia Orchestra, and became a laureate of nine competitions.

Masha’s performance and interview have been featured on the NPR’s From The Top in 2016. Later that year, she collaborated with Christopher O’Riley for a solo recital at Park Avenue Pianos in New York City and performed in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Following her passion for cinema, Masha is currently completing a double-degree in music and film production in New York.

Masha Zabara plays an O.Glásel violoncello, 1917, generously provided by Carlsen Cello Foundation.

“So playful, so evocative. Projecting performance!” - NPR


Schubert Club
Minnesota Sinfonia
La Crosse Symphony Competition
Heranova violoncellová soutěž International
Mary West Solo Competition
Thursday Musical
International Talent Competition
Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award


Popper, Hungarian Rhapsody

Mariya Zabara performing at The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis on the 13th of December, 2014.

This Land/Our Land: Exploring immigration with young musicians

What role does music play in our national dialogue about immigration? Six young musicians, rooted in six different countries, gathered at Ellis Island and Manhattan to explore that question in a new composition by Christopher O’Riley inspired by Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.”

This Land/Our Land: Young musicians with immigrant stories perform Christopher O’Riley’s new piece

Six young musicians, rooted in six different countries, gathered at Ellis Island and in Manhattan to explore the intersection of immigration and classical music through a new composition inspired by Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.”