Maria Stratigou was born in Athens. She began her piano studies at the age of seven with Sofia Mouratoglou,later with Christos Papageorgiou, and then at the Conservatory of Athens with Aliki Vatikioti-Farrant.
She graduated in June 2007 winning the first prize of the Conservatory. She continued her postgraduate studies at the RSAMD with Jonathan Plowright (PGDip in Performance with Distinction) and Fali Pavri (MMus in Performance), being a scholar of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. In 2010, she finished the PGDip Advanced Accompaniment Course with Distinction under the guidance of Fali Pavri.
Maria is currently a first year PhD in Performance student at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) under the supervision of Dr Barbara Kelly, Dr David Jones and Dr Simon Clarke, with scholarships from the RNCM and the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation