NYC based Violinist MAYA SHIRAISHI joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 2007. After receiving her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2001, she became a member of the Honolulu Symphony and Hawaii Opera Theatre. In Hawaii, she recorded with the prestigious Hawaiian singer Keali’i Reichel on his album Ke’alaokamaile, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005.
A native of Japan, Maya received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Tokyo University of the Arts (東京芸術大学). She attended seminars in Japan and England with the Amadeus Quartet and performed in both countries as a member of the Sunrise String Quartet. During her study at the Tokyo University of the Arts, she earned her music teaching certificate for middle and high schools in Japan.
In the United States, Maya studied with Masao Kawasaki on scholarships at The Juilliard School, where she received a master’s degree in 2001. She has also studied with Garrett Fischbach from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Yoko Takebe from the New York Philharmonic. She has given solo and chamber music recitals at Lincoln Center in New York and at the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy. She joined Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Japan tour in 2014. Her chamber music coaches included Seymour Lipkin, Jacob Lateiner and the Juilliard Quartet.
Maya was a faculty member of the Greenwich Conservatory in Connecticut from 2005–11, and she has served on the board of advisors at Arete Music Academy in New Jersey. As a dedicated teacher, she has had a successful teaching studio for 26 years. Her former violin students are in some of the prestigious schools in the country including The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music and Special Music School at Kaufman Music Center.
More details of Maya can be found on her website.
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