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Maiani da Silva

Maiani (maya-ní) da Silva's varied musical passions were first introduced to her by her parents, and later, shaped by her experiences making homes in countries across the world: From Brazil to the United States, France to Mexico, and then back to the U.S.

Maiani first picked up the violin at age 8 thanks to LAUSD (public schools in Los Angeles), and has since performed, recorded, and taught internationally.

See below for a more detailed bio with lots of name dropping. 

 

Maiani is a contemporary violinist, performer, arranger, and educator. She is the violinist with the four-time Grammy-winning Eighth Blackbird, and the co-founder of The Furies, an experimental performance-art duo. With the former, Maiani was a featured soloist for world premieres of concerti grossi with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the United States Navy Band in 2022. Both ensembles were featured among other contemporary artists in CAP UCLA’S Tune In Festival 2021.

Not one to shy away from bold interdisciplinary productions, Maiani premiered

David Lang's composition as explanation, a staged work for Eighth Blackbird directed by the legendary Anne Bogart for Duke Performances. 

Maiani has collaborated with various other cutting-edge artists—both in the contemporary classical realm and beyond—from Bang on a Can, Louis Andriessen, David Lang, Viet Cuong, Ted Hearne, Wild Up, Nina Shekhar, to Childish Gambino, Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, Julianna Barwick, and Taylor Mac, among others. 

In 2021 Maiani joined the faculty of Yale's Department of Music as Lecturer and Visiting Distinguished Professor at University of Oregon, specializing in the performance of contemporary chamber music. She is also an Artist in Residence and Fellow at Yale's Morse College.

Maiani studied under the tutelage of Irina Muresanu at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Mela Tenenbaum in Brooklyn, N.Y. Other mentors include Lenny Matczynski and Andrew Mark.

 

Maiani was born in Bahia, Brazil, grew up in Los Angeles, and also lived in Boston, Paris, Mexico City, and San Francisco before settling in woodsy Connecticut. Maiani also enjoys in-person philosophical debates, reading about evolutionary biology and primatology, and listening to 90s slow-jams. 

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