Hailed as a “ravishing” performer by the Los Angeles Times, violinist Maia Jasper has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in France, Israel, Portugal, Canada, Turkey, the Netherlands and on both American coasts.
In 2003, she received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Musicology from Yale University, where she was awarded the Master’s Prize in Music Performance. During her junior year at Yale, she received a scholarship to study at the Paris Conservatory in France. She completed her Master’s degree as a fellowship student at USC’s Thornton School of Music in 2006.
An avid chamber musician, Maia is co-artistic director of the Salastina Music Society. Salastina is dedicated to presenting world-class performances of chamber music with broad audience appeal throughout Southern California. To date, several of Salastina’s performances have been broadcast nationally on American Public Media’s Performance Today. Maia has collaborated with such artists as the Ysaÿe Quartet and cellist Paul Katz. In 2008, she recorded early duos of Schoenberg with Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster Martin Chalifour for Yarlung Records. She is on faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts where she coaches chamber music.
In January 2010, Maia was appointed to the first violin section of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She joined the first violin section of the Pacific Symphony in 2006. A former member of Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Maia also enjoys baroque performance practice, having led the violin section under the baton of Ton Koopman at Carnegie Hall.
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 International, Carmel Music Society, Pasadena Showcase House and Chesapeake Chamber Music competitions.
She has participated in summer festivals such as the Keshet Eilon Violin Mastercourse, Juilliard Quartet Seminar, Music Academy of the West, International Holland Music Sessions, Banff Centre Quartet Residency, ENCORE School for Strings, and Great Lakes Chamber Music and Aspen festivals.
Maia has studied with Martin Chalifour, Gérard Poulet, Kyung Yu and Michelle Kim, among others. Other musical figures that have helped shape her approach as an artists include Itzhak Rashkovsky, Herman Krebbers, Kathleen Winkler, Paul Kantor and Robert Lipsett. Additionally, Maia has performed in master classes for legends Ruggiero Ricci, Ida Haendel, Gil Shaham, Midori, Gyorgy Pauk, Ilan Gronich, János Starker, Rachel Podger and Ivry Gitlis, as well as with the Tákacs and Juilliard string quartets. She has taught the baroque ensemble at Cal Arts.