Maria Prinz was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, the daughter of the famous Bulgarian conductor and composer Konstantin Iliev. She studied at the “Hanns Eisler” Music University in Berlin with Rudolf Dunckel, in Vienna with Jörg Demus and in Paris with Yvonne Lefébure.
She has performed with leading orchestras throughout Europe, including several performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, and collaborating with renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti at the Salzburg Festival, Seiji Ozawa, and Sir Neville Marriner.
As a recitalist, she has appeared in the United States, throughout Europe and in Japan. Her chamber music collaborations have brought numerous performances with distinguished colleagues all over the world. In addition to her performing career, she has taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 1987.