What struck me about Maya Beiser is her fearlessness. She tells me she was a fragile, vulnerable child and she used to hide herself behind her cello, where she felt safe. In her musical career, she shows a fearless quality by the way she bridges any divide there may be between classical and rock music, exploring and experimenting with new ideas, new music, new ways of performing. And despite her large fan base in the US, it is also the way she manages the potential criticism from the press.

She talks about her diverse and varied background being brought up in a Kibbutz in Israel and how it enabled her to be more of a ‘creator’ than ‘re-creator’ in her playing, and how Janis Joplin was as much of an influence on her as Jaqueline Du Pré.She has collaborated with composers Louis Andriessen, Steve Reich, David Lang, Tan Dun, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, and Michael Gordon, among many others. A featured performer on the world’s most prestigious stages, Maya appeared as soloist at the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and BAM, London’sBarbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, and the Southbank Centre, and the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan. In 2011, Maya was invited to present at the exclusive TED conference. Her TEDtalk performance has been watched by close to a million people and translated to 33 languages.

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Maya Beiser is an Israeli-born American cellist who lives in New York City. She was raised on a kibbutz in Israel by her French mother and Argentine father, and graduated from Yale University School of Music. The New Yorkermagazine described her as a “cello goddess” [1] and the San Francisco Chronicle called her “the queen of contemporary cello”.[2][3]Throughout her adventurous and versatile career Beiser has reimagined the concert experience, creating new music for the cello, commissioning and performing many works written for her by today’s leading composers.

She has collaborated with composers Louis Andriessen, Steve Reich, David Lang, Tan Dun, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, and Michael Gordon, among many others. A featured performer on the world’s most prestigious stages, Maya appeared as soloist at the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and BAM, London’sBarbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, and the Southbank Centre, and the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan. In 2011, Maya was invited to present at the exclusive TED conference. Her TEDtalk performance has been watched by close to a million people and translated to 33 languages.