Maia Schmidt - Assistant Faculty
Maia Schmidt is a candidate for the Bachelor's of Music degree as a student in the studio of Peter Winograd at the Manhattan School of Music. Maia began learning the violin at the age four and in 2012, Maia joined Elizabeth Faidley’s studio. Maia has completely Suzuki training for Suzuki Book 1 and is currently studying pedagogy with Elizabeth Faidley.
Maia has had solo performances at Ramapo College, Hunter College, Manhattan School of Music, and Riverside Church in New York City and in winners’ recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, and the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. In 2013, Maia had her solo debut with orchestra at the age of 13 with the Manhattan String Orchestra and in February 2016, Maia had her New York City solo recital debut as a part of the 92Y Young Concert Artists Series. As a sophomore in high school, Maia was a member of the New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra which performed at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and as a junior, became a part of the Philharmonic Orchestra at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, which performed at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2016. Maia has won prestigious awards as a soloist, including First Place in the American Protege concerto competition, silver medalist in the NLPA concerto competition and Grand Winner of the NLPA Showcase competition. She has won awards in the Vivo International Music Competition, Rondo Vanguard Music, East Coast International Competition and the Enkor International Music Competition.
Maia has also performed in masterclasses with Ruben Blundell, David Kim, Katie Lansdale, Kurt Nikkanen, Anna Rabinova, Tao Chang Yu, Stefan Jackiw, Eric Wyrick, and Ray Chen. Maia is currently a member of the first violin section of Manhattan School of Music’s Philharmonia orchestra and is a part of an independent string quartet at MSM. Maia currently plays a Hill bow gifted to her by the late Eleftherious Eleftherakis, former assistant conductor of the MIT Symphony Orchestra.