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Born in 1993 to a Dutch father and Peruvian mother Mariska has always enjoyed various musical cultures, and started playing the cello at only 5 years old. Having also had some piano lessons Mariska soon started composing her own music and writing her own songs. 

During her teenager-years Mariska started focussing more and more on the cello and was finally accepted into the preparatory year at the Hogeschool Voor de Kunsten, Utrecht. And having completed her high-school education Mariska
studied cello with Ran Varon at the Hogeschool Voor de Kunsten in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Singing disappeared to the background as Mariska was 'too shy' to sing in public, but when she moved to London in 2015, she made a dramatic change in her career and started singing jazz and studying at LCCM.

In November 2016 she founded her Quintet, and since then the quintet has already played at various prestigious shows like The Ruby Sings Show upstairs at Ronnie Scott's, at Jazz After Dark, Brasserie Zédel, Toulouse Lautrec and the Stoke Newington Music Festival. Mariska Martina has also played various shows for Sofar Sounds.