Born in Belgrade, she holds a master’s degree in Musical Arts (FMU, Serbia) and a master’s degree in Music Performance (UFMG, Brasil).
Currently, Marija is involved in doctoral studies in the area of Psychology and Music Education (NOVA FCSH, Portugal). Devising ways to promote knowledge, practices, and attitudes towards more efficient learning, her main interest as a researcher is to promote self-regulated learning amongst students and colleagues.
As a violinist, she was a permanent member of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra and now performs with the Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra. Within the context of solo and chamber music interpretation, she presented numerous recitals in Brazil, Serbia, Italy, Argentina, and Portugal as a member of the Duo Mihajlovic/Bastos. As a teacher, Marija works at the Conservatory of Music of Cascais, as well as in the Orquestra Geração musical and social-inclusion project.