Photo credit ©Hana Cohon

Maya Cohon

Second Violin

Maya Cohon is an avid chamber and orchestral musician from Seattle, Washington. She has been a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 2017, and also performs with the San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

 

Growing up in a family of musicians, Maya cultivated her love for chamber music reading string trios, quartets and quintets with her cousins, aunts, and uncles. Today, she performs chamber music that spans a range of musical and narrative styles, which includes the world premiere of The Wind Will Blow Us Away by San Francisco composer Sahba Aminikia, and George Crumb’s Black Angels.

 

Maya earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where she had the privilege of studying with Almita Vamos. In Chicago she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and went on to join the New World Symphony in Miami, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. She attended music festivals including Tanglewood Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Pacific Music Festival, which gave her the opportunity to collaborate with musicians from all over the world and perform in venues nationally and internationally, from Carnegie Hall in New York City, to Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

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