In 2002 has ended the Samara state academy of culture and arts with qualifications «opera singer», «concert-chamber singer», «teacher». Has passed training on the technics of singing by S. Riggs.
Owner of Diplomas of the Winner All-Russia (2009) and International (2010) competitions; Diplomas and the Letter of Honor «for long-term honest work,
the considerable investment to development of culture and art of the Samara region»
(the Samara Region Council, 2009, 2010, 2011); the Diploma of the participant of the program «Female solidarity» (the State broadcasting company «Samara», 2011);
the Letter of Thanks of the Minister of Internal Af-fairs on Republic Bashkortostan
(the Ministry of Internal Affairs on RB, Ufa, 2009). It is awarded in a nomination «Golden arms of Samara and the Samara region» within the limits of conference of business women of Russia (2009). Has a lot of Letters of Thanks for spending of charitable concerts and projects in the Samara region, for high level of professional work, including from social organizations.
Has share records on Samara television and radio. Written down 2 CDs – «Maria Kurganova sings» and «I’ll not be tired to love» (on A.Malinovsky’s lyrics, in cooperation with the author). Concerts of the singer pass on all leading stages of Samara and Samara Region, in Russia. Performing activity is constantly announced and shined in paper and electronic mass-media, marked by Letters of Thanks.
Repertoire of the singer include more than 30 thematic solo programs: patriotic, national compositions; classical music; genre programs – romances, waltzes, serenades of composers of various epoch and national schools, a retro variety, author’s songs; the monographic programs devoted to creativity of composers, performers, writers – P.Tchaikovsky, I.Dunaevsky, V.Gorodovskaya, E.Teregulov, A.Malinovsky, A.German; spiritual programs – compositions on the spiritual texts devoted to Christian holidays); the programs devoted to the basic state and professional holidays.
Constantly holds in pedagogical activity. Is the developer the author of the integrated technique of solo singing’s teaching, based on the technics of singing Giusto canto. Pupils of M.Kurganova’s class are winners of city, regional, international competitions, have Letters of Thanks for concert performances, responses of mass-media.
Constantly takes part in All-Russia and international conferences. Has scientific publications. The author of courses on vocal performing and technique.
The developer and the head of projects «Acquaintance to masters in the sphere of performing art, literatures and painting of Russia» (cultural and educational orientation), «We’ll fill hearts with pleasure» (for population social strata).