Maja Jokanovic was born in Belgrade into a family of musicians, where she received her initial music education. She continued her education in Moscow, at the PI.Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the class of Professor Semyon Snitkovsky, at the department of David Oystrakh, where she completed her elementary and masters studies. At the age of eleven, as the youngest soloist by then, she had a performance with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to concert performances, she also participates in republican competitions where she wins first and special awards. At the Jan Sibelius International Competition (1980) in Helsinki, she received a Special Diploma for participation in the semi-finals. As a soloist she performs with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTS Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Festival Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Padua and Veneto, of which she was a member and soloist from 1983-86.
During that period, she founded a duo with the harpsichordist Lina Romano. She performs at festivals – Bemus, Nomus, Dubrovnik Summer Games, Sarajevo Winter, Ohrid Summer, Marijanske Lazni, Aquila Baroque…
Since 1989 she has been a visiting professor of violin at the International Academy in Novara, and since 1990 teaches violin at FMU in Belgrade. From 2006 to 2019 she has been a visiting professor at the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka.
As a jury member she participates in international competitions (Konjovic in Belgrade, Nis-String Competition, selector and jury member at the International Music Youth Competition 2011 and 2016 in Belgrade, member of the jury at the competition “il Piccolo Violino Magico” in Italy 2016, competitions of music schools of Republika Srpska in Banja Luka ….. In 2012, the University of Arts in Belgrade awards Maja Jokanović with the Big Plaque of the University of the Arts, for her outstanding contributions and contribution to the development of the Faculty of Music and the University of the Arts.