Artist: Maya Beiser

Maya Beiser has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, eclectic repertoire, and relentless quest to redefine her instrument’s boundaries. The Boston Globe declares, “With virtuoso chops, rock-star charisma, and an appetite for pushing her instrument to the edge of avant-garde adventurousness, Maya Beiser is the post-modern diva of the cello.

“Maya Beiser has etched a bold career path that marries classical to rock, starched collars to casual dress, and tradition to unorthodoxy,” reports AllMusic.com. Throughout her adventurous and versatile career she has reimagined the concert experience, creating new music for the cello, commissioning and performing many works written fro her by today’s leading composers. She has collaborated with composers Tan Dun, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Reich, David Lang and has appeared as a soloist at the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and BAM, amongst many other major venues.

Maya’s vast discography, released on Sony Classical, Nonesuch, Koch (now E1) Innova and Cantaloupe labels, include eight solo albums and many studio recordings and film music collaborations. Her 2010 album Provenance topped the classical and world music charts on both Amazon and iTunes. Maya’s 2012 recording, Time Loops, was selected among NPR’s top 10 recordings of that year. Her latest album, Uncovered, is a collection of re-imagined and re-contextualized classic rock, in stunning performances by Maya. These “uncovers” – in new arrangements by composer Evan Ziporyn – evoke the unprecedented power of the music of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Howlin’ Wolf, King Crimson, Muddy Waters, and AC/DC as musical masterpieces.

Raised on a kibbutz in the Galilee Mountains in Israel by her French mother and Argentinean father, Maya Beiser is a graduate of Yale University. Her major teachers were Aldo Parisot, Uzi Weizel, Alexander Schneider, and Isaac Stern. Maya was the founding cellist of the new music ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Born:
Gazit, Israel

Based:
New York, NY

Recordings:
UncoveredTime LoopsProvenanceAlmost HumanWorld To ComeKinshipOblivionCaught by the Sky with Water

Affiliations:

Bang on a Can

TEDtalk

Sony Classical

Nonesuch


Awards:

“Best of the Year”, The New York Times

Top 10 Recordings of the Year for Time Loops, 2012, NPR


Education:

Yale University School of Music


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