M aria Krupoves, an artist and folklorist, is internationally acclaimed as a singer and interpreter of the folksongs of Eastern Europe, especially those of her native Vilnius with its multicultural heritage. Multicultural herself, she performed her entire repertory in the original languages:, Yiddish, Polish, Lithuanian, Russian, Byelorussian, Gypsy (Roma), Karaite, Tatar, Hebrew, Ladino, and other languages. The singer has performed in Lithuania, Poland, Germany, France, Israel, Japan, Canada, and the United States, etc. She sang at the Yiddish Summit in Strasboug, the UNESCO Conference Dialogue among Civilizations in Vilnius, the Berlin Jewish Cultural Festival, The Sara Rosenfeld Yiddish Festival in Montreal, in Yad Vashem (Jerusalem, The Lothus Festival in Bloomington, Indiana, at international conferences on anti-Semitism at Indiana University and other international gatherings.
She sings in the documentary films Out of the Forest (Tel-Aviv, 2003), Secrets of the Vilna Ghetto (Moscow, 2004), and The World Was Ours. The Jewish Legacy of Vilna (New York, 2006, the film was shown at various film festivals and by PBS). Dr. Krupoves is also a scholar. She wrote a dissertation on Polish folksongs of Lithuania in the context of Lithuanian and Byelorussian folklore (Warsaw, 1999). Later, she collected Yiddish folk songs in Lithuania and Belarus. She teached the history of Jewish music and the history and folklore of the stateless cultures of Lithuania in the Vilnius Yiddish Institute.
In 2001 Dr. Krupoves was awarded a Vladimir and Pearl Heyfetz Fellowship at YIVO (Institute for Jewish Research) in New York. She has lectured and performed at Indiana and Yale universities. She has published seven albums with a multicultural repertory in collaboration with klezmer, jazz and classical musicians. Her album Without a country. Songs of Stateless Peoples got enthusiastic review in the Billboard Magazine. The singing of Maria Krupoves reveals both the unique beauty and the universality of songs of many cultures.