Hailed as a “ravishing” performer by the Los Angeles Times, Maia is a member of the first violin sections of both the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony. In 2014, Maia was appointed concertmaster of the Crested Butte Music Festival orchestra. She was invited back in that capacity for the 2015 summer season.
As a chamber musician, she has toured Portugal and Turkey with the Divan Consort, collaborated with such artists as the Ysaÿe Quartet and cellist Paul Katz, and recorded duos of Schoenberg with Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster Martin Chalifour for Yarlung Records. Outside of her work as co-founder and co-artistic director of Salastina, 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.
A dedicated teacher, Maia is on faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, where she coaches chamber music. For the summer of 2014, she joined the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center in New York, where she co-directed the chamber music program.
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 has been a prize-winner and finalist in several solo and chamber music competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild, National Federation of Music Clubs, Corpus Christi, and Chesapeake Chamber Music competitions. Festival highlights include 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. For the summer of 2015, she’s been invited to perform at the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival in New York.
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 has studied with Martin Chalifour, Gérard Poulet, Kyung Yu, Michelle Kim, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Herman Krebbers, 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.