Maria 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, Maria Krupoves 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. Maria Krupoves 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.
Maria Krupoves 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. Maria Krupoves wrote a dissertation on Polish folksongs of Lithuania in the context of Lithuanian and Byelorussian folklore (Warsaw, 1999). Later, Maria Krupoves collected Yiddish folk songs in Lithuania and Belarus. Maria Krupoves taught the history of Jewish music and the history and folklore of the stateless cultures of Lithuania in the Vilnius Yiddish Institute.
In 2001 Dr. Maria Krupoves was awarded a Vladimir and Pearl Heyfetz Fellowship at YIVO (Institute for Jewish Research) in New York. Maria Krupoves has lectured and performed at Indiana and Yale universities. Maria Krupoves 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.