Hailed as a “ravishing” performer by the Los Angeles Times, Maia enjoys a rich and varied career as a chamber musician, teacher, orchestral and studio musician, and musical entrepreneur.
Outside of her work with Salastina, Maia’s chamber music performances have brought her to Portugal, Turkey, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, France, and throughout the U.S. Locally, Maia appears regularly on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Sundays Live series as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Westside Connections series. She has also recorded duos of Schoenberg with Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster Martin Chalifour for Yarlung Records.
A dedicated teacher, Maia is on faculty at both the Colburn School of Performing Arts and Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. She has also taught at the Luzerne Music Center in New York, where she co-directed the chamber music program. Maia has also taught at two vastly different schools whose names both begin with Cal (-Arts and -Tech).
Maia leads an active orchestral life as a member of the first violin sections of both the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony. In 2014, she was appointed concertmaster of the Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra in Colorado. Her orchestral work in Los Angeles also includes scoring for motion pictures and television. She is privileged to have contributed to the recordings of some of today’s great scores by John Williams, Danny Elfman, Alan Silvestri, Thomas Newman, and Alexandre Desplat, among others.
Maia received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Musicology from Yale University, where she was awarded the Master’s Prize in Music Performance. She completed her Master’s degree as a fellowship student at USC’s Thornton School of Music, with further study at the Paris Conservatory. She is a graduate of the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Certificate Program.
Festival highlights include the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival, the Keshet Eilon Violin Mastercourse, the International Holland Music Sessions, the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency, the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, the Aspen Music Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. Maia has studied with Martin Chalifour, Gérard Poulet, Kyung Yu, Michelle Kim, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Herman Krebbers, Gyorgy Pauk, Kathleen Winkler, Paul Kantor, and Robert Lipsett.
A recent performance “allowed Kumar to demonstrate that, in addition to making an utterly beautiful sound, he is a born leader, and the performance responded to every last facet of a work gigantic in stature.” (Bernard Jacobson, Music-Web International) Also praised by press for his “obvious communicative powers”, “sense of sheer enjoyment”, and having “the precision and tonal richness of a virtuoso”, violinist Kevin Kumar has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among numerous other orchestras.
Kumar has also been active as an orchestral player, serving as Concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under Valerie Gergiev and Semyon Bychkov in tours throughout major European cultural centers. He was personally invited by Sir Georg Solti to participate in the Solti Project at Carnegie Hall.
As a devoted chamber musician he has performed in various ensembles and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Central America and participated in numerous radio and television broadcasts, including a featured appearance on a primetime NBC sitcom. Kumar has given the world premieres of chamber music and solo works by composers such as Grammy-nominated composer Javier Navarrete, Daniel Catan, R.I. Gordon, and Jeremy Cavaterra.
At the outset of his concert career, Kumar was forced to spend an extended period away from the violin due to injuries; during this time he became involved with songwriting and production for musical artists in the U.S. and in East Asia. Since his return to the stage, he has participated in a variety of activities; appearing as soloist with a number of orchestras in Southern California, including St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra and the Riverside Philharmonic, and performing chamber music across the nation. He is also the violinist of the Catgut Trio.
In addition to attending Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music, Kumar received the Jascha Heifetz Scholarship and his Advanced Studies in Music Diploma from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. He has studied with Alice Schoenfeld, Viktor Tretyakov, Linda Rose, and Gennady Kleyman and benefited from masterclasses with Dorothy Delay and other musical luminaries.