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Name: Maia Kristine Jasper
Skills: Soloist, Teacher, Chamber musician
Phone: +1 (323) 559 1571
Address: Los Angeles CA, United States
Links: E-mail
Los Angeles native Maia Jasper began her violin studies at age 8 in 1989. Since then, she has appeared as concerto and recital soloist in France, in the Netherlands, and on both American coasts in such venues as Los Angeles’ Zipper Hall and Music Center, the Cité Intérnationale des Arts in Paris, Music Hall in San José, the Bergen Ruinekerk (Holland), and Yale University. She has received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, the Young Musicians Foundation, the Colburn Foundation, and the Maestro Foundation.

Maia received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in May 2003 from Yale University, where she was awarded the Master’s Prize for her contribution to the musical life of her college. While an undergraduate, she served as the youngest member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, in which she held the Jeanet S. Curtis Chair. She spent her junior year at the Paris Conservatoire as a scholarship student of Gérard Poulet.

Maia is committed to bringing not only artistic integrity but also relevancy to art music in contemporary society. She recently gave the U.S. premier of Constantinidis’ “Folk Suite” and the West Coast premier of Periklys Koukous’ Violin Sonata in San José. At the 2004 Los Angles Philharmonic International Gala, she performed music of Piazzolla alongside her teacher and Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour. She served as concertmaster of and soloist with the Timothy Dwight Chamber Players, Yale’s contemporary music ensemble. For two years she hosted her own radio program, Listening to the Guys Who Invented Music, on WYBC New Haven, AM 1340. An avid chamber musician, Maia will perform sextets with the Ysaye String Quartet when the group performs in Los Angeles this October. As first violinist of the Sonus Quartet in 2003 – 2004, she participated in the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, the Yehudi Menuhin Emerging Artists Seminar, and the Banff Centre Quartet Residency. Other chamber music performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, KCSN, KKGO, and KUSC. She is also developing a taste for early music, performing as baroque violinist with Los Angeles’ early music ensemble Musica Angelica and as leader of the Thornton Early Music Ensemble. She was recently awarded a generous scholarship to support her studies with renowned baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock.

Maia has participated in mastercourses with Ruggiero Ricci, Janos Starker, and the Ysaye, Juilliard, Alexander, and Takacs Quartets. At the International Holland Music Sessions, she worked with Gyorkgy Pauk and Hermann Krebbers. Other festival appearances include the ENCORE School for Strings and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Her former teachers include Pamela Frank, Kyung Yu, Paul Kantor, Robert Lipsett, Michelle Kim, Camille Avellano, and David Russell. She is currently completing her Master of Music degree at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where she is a student of and teaching assistant to Martin Chalifour and is the school’s first Colburn Fellowship recipient.



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