and violinist from Tokyo,
began playing at two years of age, and made her concert debut at the age of
five. She attended the Royal
College of Music and the University
of Southern California
and studied under Rodney Friend and Alice Schoenfeld.
November 1985, she performed Felix Mendelssohn’s violin concerto in
tandem with the Culver City Symphony Orchestra. Other artists and groups with whom
she has worked include Valery Gergiev, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Mobius Ensemble, the New York Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Razumovksy
Ensemble, Kurt Sanderling, Andras
Schiff, Evgeny Svetlanov,
and the Vellinger Quartet.
In 1986, she
won the National Solo Competition’s first and grand prize in
to London, England, in 1987.
In 1994, she
became the leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra
and appeared on the CD, Galina Ustvolskaya:
Octet; Dmitri Shostakovich:
Piano Quartet. She
played on the soundtrack of the made-for-TV movies, La musique de l’amour: Un amour inacheve,
in 1996. In 2000, she performed
on a different kind of soundtrack:
An Equal Music: Vikram
Seth—Over 2½ hours of music featured in the bestselling novel. She recorded the Emmy-winning score
of the BAFTA Award-winning Best Drama Serial, Shackleton, and pitched in on
Charlotte Church’s Enchantment,
In 2001, she
was a guest artist of the Vellinger Quartet for a
series of dates in Europe.
The Philharmonia Orchestra offered up an all-Tchaikovsky
affair on 7th November 2002 that included excerpts from The Nutcracker suite, “Orchestral
Suite No. 3”, and “Piano Concerto No. 1”.
Maya became a
member of the Mobius Ensemble and appeared on the
CD, Federico Ricci: La Prigione
in 2004. In 2006, she played
violin on the soundtrack of The
Namesake and the CD, Paer: Sofonisba—Highlights. She performed on the CD, Richard Rodney Bennett: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1, in
2007. In 2008, she appeared on the
soundtracks of Asterix at the Olympic Games, Flashbacks of a Fool, and Splice. Other soundtracks with which she is
credited include Chaplin, The Red Violin, and Vanity Fair.
January 2010, the Philharmonia Orchestra
presented Helen Grime’s “Clarinet Concerto” and “To
see the summer sky” as well as Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony
No. 5” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No.
20 in D minor, K466” at Royal Festival Hall in London.
The Mobius Ensemble and the Orchestra and Choir of the
Centre for Young Musicians Hackney participated in the Spitalfields
Festival with a recital at Shoreditch Church
on 12th June 2010. The
program featured “The Dino Rescue Team” by Ben Oliver, “The
Roast Post Ghost Coast Song” by Christopher Ash, “Three
Divertimenti” by Benjamin Britten, “Vier
Stucke for String Quartet and Ensemble”,
and music from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite”,
arranged by music director, Jeremy Birchall.
October 2010, Maya served as Guest Concertmaster of the Royal Scottish
National Orchestra for a concert at Usher Hall that comprised Johann
Sebastian Bach’s “Piano Concerto No. 1”, Sir Edward Elgar’s
“Symphony No. 1”, and Jean Sibelius’s “Scene with
Cranes”, from Kuolema.