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Maya Beiser is an American musician, cellist, performing artist and producer who lives in New York City. Beiser was raised on a kibbutz in Israel by her French mother and Argentine father, and graduated from Yale University School of Music. She has been described as "a force of nature", "a cello goddess" and "the reigning queen of the avant-garde cello". Beiser is a 2015 USA Distinguished Music Fellow and the Inaugural Mellon Distinguished Visiting Artist at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.
Maya Beiser commissions and performs radical new work for the cello. She collaborated with composers Louis Andriessen, Steve Reich, David Lang, Tan Dun, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, and Michael Gordon, among many others. Her TEDtalk performance has been watched by over a million people and translated to 34 languages.
Beiser has conceived, performed and produced multimedia concerts, including World To Come; Almost Human, a collaboration with visual artist Shirin Neshat; and Provenance, which forms the basis of her album of that name. Her production, Elsewhere: a CelloOpera, which premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2012, is an imaginative retelling of the Biblical legend of Lot’s wife, created with theater director Robert Woodruff. All Vows, a show that reimagines rock classics such as Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" and Nirvana's "Lithium", premiered at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco in 2014 and was presented at BAM Next Wave Festival in 2015.
Her discography includes ten solo albums, multiple studio recordings and film music collaborations.
Collaborating with film composer James Newton Howard, Maya is the featured soloist on several films' soundtracks including The Happening, The Great Debaters, Blood Diamond, Snow White and the Huntsman and After Earth.
Beiser was the founding cellist of the new music ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
- The Day
- Films For Cello
- All Vows
- Elsewhere: A CelloOpera
- World To Come
- 1994 The Cello Music of Gubaidulina and Ustvolskaya (KOCH International Classics])
- 1999 Oblivión (KOCH International Classics)]
- 2000 Caught by Sky with Wire The Maya Beiser / Steven Schick Project (oodiscs inc)
- 2000 Kinship (KOCH International Classics)
- 2003 World to Come (KOCH International Classics)
- 2007 Almost Human (KOCH International Classics)
- 2010 Provenance (Innova)
- 2012 Time Loops with Michael Harison (Cantaloupe Music 21086)
- 2014 Uncovered (Innova)
- 2016 TranceClassical (Innova)
- 2018 The Day
- 1995 Industry, album by Bang On a Can All Stars, as solo electric cellist
- 2005 You Are (Variations)/Cello Counterpoint (Nonesuch Records), album by Steve Reich, as solo cellist
- Featured soloist on M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening (2008)
- Featured Soloist on Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond (2006)
- Featured Soloist on Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters (2007)
- Featured Soloist on Rupert Sanders Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Original Soundtrack
- Featured Soloist on M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth (2013); James Newton Howard's Soundtrack
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- Beiser, Maya. "Maya Beiser | Speaker | TED". Retrieved 2018-02-21.
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- Tommasini, Anthony (2003-11-01). "MUSIC REVIEW; An Evening's Adventure, With a Cellist and Her Voice". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- Shattuck, Kathryn (2006-03-09). "An Artistic Trek Across a Surreal Land of Sand and Self-Discovery". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- "Maya Beiser Returns The Cello To The Middle East". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- Maya Beiser (2013-06-05), Maya Beiser Elsewhere: A CelloOpera, retrieved 2018-02-20
- "Maya Beiser review: Cellist casts a rockin' spell". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- "Maya Beiser: All Vows | Visit Yerba Buena". visityerbabuena.org. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- "All Vows". BAM.org. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- "Musicians revealed in 'Uncovered' - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
- "Elsewhere". BAM. Retrieved 2014-08-19.
- "Provenance". Maya Beiser. Retrieved 2014-08-19.
- "Maya Beiser – Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and pictures at". Last.fm. Retrieved 2014-08-19.
- "Provenance - Maya Beiser | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- "TranceClassical - Maya Beiser | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- "the day, by Maya Beiser & David Lang". David Lang. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
- Dan Goldwasser (2008-03-15). "James Newton Howard scores * M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening". ScoringSessions.com. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
- Maya Beiser Official Website
- Maya Beiser on IMDb
- Maya Beiser on Twitter
- Maya Beiser on Facebook
- Maya Beiser on Instagram
- Maya Beiser on NPR Tiny Desk Concert
- Maya Beiser at TED
- bbc.com culture story: making classical sexy and smart
- San Francisco Chronicle Review: Maya Beiser Cellist Casts A Rockin Spell