Marina Bondas was born in Kyiv in 1979 into a family of Ukrainian musicians. In 1992 she moved to Germany. First trained by her parents, she then became a student of Prof. Grigori Zhislin in Würzburg and Tomasz Tomaszewski at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Since 2003 she has been a member of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, in 1. violins section.
In addition to her orchestral and chamber music activities, she completed a postgraduate studies at the University of Music in Vienna with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg.
Marina Bondas is an award winner of various Ukrainian, Soviet and German Youth Violin competitions, like “Jugend musiziert” (DE), as well as International Violin Competition Schöntal (DE), International Violin Competition “Imienia Rodziny Grobliczov” in Kraków (PL), the DAAD Foundation (DE), and the Artlaender Music Award.
Apart from her main occupation, Bondas is also plays klezmer, jazz and salon music, mostly writing or editing the pieces for her own performances.
Since three years Marina has been actively helping her home country. She regularly visits the war zone in the Eastern Ukraine, she supports civil population with humanitarian aid and organizes rehabilitation projects for war victims. Marina Bondas is a co-founder of an aid project ‘Heart for Ukraine’ and an initiator of a rehabilitation project ‘MUSIK RETTET’.
In 2016 she was awarded three medals: by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchy, and the Ukrainian Volunteer Union “Kraïna”.