Maria Krykov began her double bass studies at the East Helsinki Music Institute in 1999 under Lasse Lagercrantz. In 2006, she was accepted for the Sibelius Academy Youth Department, where she continued to be taught by Lagercrantz. In 2011 she went to study at Germany's Folkwang University of the Arts and since spring 2014 she has continued her studies at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler under Matthew McDonald, principal double bass player with the Berlin Philharmonic. In the period 2012-2013, she played as a trainee with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, and since 2016 she has been with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Krykov has long been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and has worked as an assistant with Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She reached the semi-finals in the ARD International Music Competition in 2016, won second prize in the International Sperger Double Bass Competition in 2016, and took first prize in the International Double Bass Competition in Ankara in 2015. Krykov has also played chamber music and been soloist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra Concerto Celestino.
Krykov is in the Young Chamber Musicians programme.