Wednesday, September 1, 2010

About Music - Maya Beiser

Maya Beiser is an American cellist who lives in New York City. She has an international career as a performer and recording artist. She was raised on a kibbutz in Israel by her French mother and Argentine father, and graduated from Yale University School of Music. The New Yorker magazine described her as a “cello goddess” and the San Francisco Chronicle called her “the queen of contemporary cello”.

Beiser is known for her virtuosity, her unusual concert presentations and her eclectic repertoire. She has collaborated with composers Louis Andriessen, Tan Dun, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Reich, Simon Shaheen, and David Lang among many others. Beiser has toured as the featured cello soloist of Philip Glass’s Naqoygatsi, having appeared at the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center Festival, the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan, and in Barcelona, Paris, and San Francisco.

Her multimedia concert “World To Come” premiered in 2004 as part of the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s new venue, Zankel Hall. Her “World To Come” solo tour included performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, UCLA's Royce Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and the Sydney Festival in Australia.

Her performance of Steve Reich’s "Cello Counterpoint" which was written for her, is featured on the Nonesuch CD “You Are,” which was chosen by The New York Times as one of the top albums of 2005. She is the soloist on the Sony Classical CD release of Tan Dun’s “Water Passion,” and has performed his Academy Award-winning score "Crouching Tiger" Concerto with orchestras around the globe, including the China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Eos Orchestra, and Sydney Symphony. She was the founding cellist of the new music ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Find out more at:

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