Maria Zaytseva was born in Russia in 2001 and studies under Oleg Bugaev at the Maimonid Academy. She has attended masterclasses with Michaela Fukacova, Frans Helmerson, Ola Karlsson, Alexander Kniazev, Qin Li-Wei, Martti Rousi, Alexander Rudin and Denis Shapovalov.
Maria won prizes at the fifth Svyatoslav Knushevitsky International Cello Competition, the seventh Janigro Competition, the Concertino Praga competition and the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. In 2021, she was a semi-finalist at the Geneva International Competition. She holds a scholarship from the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation.