Maria Mannisto is the Finlandia Foundation National's (FFN) choice as the Performer of the Year 2007. The evaluation and deliberation process was challenging with six talented candidates.
Maria Mannisto, a resident of Bellevue, Washington, is commended as one of the finest young sopranos in the Pacific Northwest with versatility in different styles ranging from medieval chant to jazz and rock-n-roll.
Maria is a member of two of the Northwest’s leading vocal ensembles. Her recent debut in a modern opera was highly acclaimed. Maria is also known as an inspiring choir director, pianist and organist.Maria has Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and is currently studying in the Master of Music Program at the University of Washington.