Maya Beiser, hailed by The New Yorker as a "cello goddess," has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, eclectic repertoire, and relentless quest to redefine her instrument's boundaries. She has collaborated with artists across a wide range of musical styles, including Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Mark O'Connor, Steve Reich, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger Concerto),
among many others.
Maya is a truly global artist: raised on a kibbutz in Israel by her French mother and Argentinean father, she received her advanced training at Yale. Her major teachers were Aldo Parisot, Uzi Weizel, Alexander Schneider, and Isaac Stern. While at Yale, Maya became the founding cellist of the new music ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars. As a solo artist, she is a featured performer on the world's most prestigious stages, from Lincoln Center to the Sydney Opera House and the Taipei International Festival. Appearances in Barcelona, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, and San Francisco have brought her
Collaborating with renowned film composer James Newton Howard, Maya is the featured soloist on his soundtracks to M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters, and Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond. In 2009, she appeared with the Boston Pops in the premiere of a new orchestral suite based on Howard's score to Shyamalan's The Village.
She has drawn widespread praise for her multimedia concerts, including World To Come, presented as part of the inaugural season of Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall; Almost Human, chosen by The New York Times as among the "Best of 2006" musical events; and most recently, Provenance, a 70-minute presentation incorporating music by composers from around the Mediterranean and the US. Innova's recording of Provenance was preceded by four releases on the Koch International label: Oblivion, Kinship, World To Come and Almost Human. Maya plays a 1714 Stradivarius cello.