People


Maia is a chamber musician, teacher, orchestral and studio musician, and musical entrepreneur.

She is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Salastina Music Society, a chamber music series dedicated to presenting world-class performances with broad audience appeal. To date, several of Salastina’s performances have been broadcast nationally on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Outside of Salastina, Maia’s chamber music performances have brought her around the world. Highlights include trips to Portugal, the Netherlands, France, Israel, Canada, and Turkey.

A dedicated teacher, Maia is on faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and Chapman University. She also directs the chamber music program at Caltech.

She is a member of the first violin sections of both the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony, and twice served as Concertmaster of the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado.

Her orchestral work also includes scoring for motion pictures and television. She’s contributed to scores by John Williams, Danny Elfman, Tom Newman, and Alexandre Desplat, among many others.

Maia studied English and Musicology at Yale, and continued her violin studies at USC and the Paris Conservatory. She is a recent graduate of the Center for Nonprofit Management.


Robert Ward

Robert Ward pursues an active international career as pianist, orchestral conductor, chamber musician, artistic director of music festivals, juror at international competitions, and master teacher.  He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Prix di Positano for outstanding performance of Beethoven's piano music, an Austrian Government Grant for study in Vienna, and a Fulbright Award for study in Italy with Wilhelm Kempff.  A native of Illinois, his early teachers were former pupils of Isabelle Vengerova, Artur Schnabel, and Emil von Sauer, one of the last pupils of Franz Liszt.  Later in New York, he coached with Dorothy Taubman.

Long admired for his performances of the Viennese classical composers, Robert Ward is also a proponent of American music, giving many first performances abroad, including works by Gershwin, Cage, and Samuel Barber whose Piano Concerto he introduced on a 10-country tour of South America sponsored by the U.S. State Department.  He is active at summer festivals world-wide, including the AMEROPA Chamber Music Festival in Prague; the Liszt Piano Academy in Sopron, Hungary; Corso Internazionale di Musica da Camera in Positano, Italy; and at Tunghai University in Taiwan.  With colleagues from Vienna, he founded and directs Piano*Fest*Austria, an international festival in Vienna dedicated to the study and performance of Mozart Concerti.  

Renowned as a master teacher, Robert Ward has produced prize-winning students in national and international competitions.  In 2002, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts honored Robert Ward as a Distinguished Teacher in the Arts for inspiring young artists and "having the most profound influence on their artistic development."  Professor Ward has taught on the faculties of the University of Southern California and UCLA in Los Angeles, and is currently Professor of Piano at California State University and Occidental College and teaches chamber music at the California Institute of Technology. 


Donald E. Hudson Visiting Artists

The Donald E. Hudson Chamber Music Fund honors the memory of a lifelong lover of chamber music who served as Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Caltech.  Donald Hudson’s brother Richard established the fund in 2001, in recognition of the interest they shared in chamber music when they were both undergraduates at Caltech.

Donald E. Hudson Visiting Artists are distinguished Los Angeles area musicians who serve as guest coaches in Caltech’s chamber music program.  These visiting artists coach chamber ensembles on a weekly basis as they prepare for performances.  Specialists in violin, viola, flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon have served as Donald E. Hudson Visiting Artists.

 

 
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