Born in 1989 in Moscow, Russia, Maya Fridman is a talented young artist residing in The Netherlands.
From her early years of playing the cello, Maya was recognised as a prodigy and was taken under the hood of the Foundation of Yuri Bashmet, where she took part in various TV and Radio programs. While studying at the Moscow State College of Music named after A. G. Schnittke, she was awarded as the First Prize Winner in the International Festival of Slavic Music among many other reputable awards.
In 2010, Maya has been granted admission at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she studied under professor Dmitry Ferschtman. Here, on the 10th of June in 2016, she successfully finished a Master’s Degree with the highest honours, Cum Laude.
For the last seven years, Maya has been performing regularly in The Netherlands and Germany. Due to her vast musical interests, she always had a passion for improvisation and playing diverse musical styles. Each of her solo programs has a strong emotional impact on the audience and presents great works of the last century, as well as completely new works of contemporary composers. She was awarded Best Musician of 2013 Prize at De Grote Prijs Van Nederland.
During the Cello Biënnale 2016, Maya performed in the role of Margarita in the musical theatre adaptation of The Master and Margarita directed by Dagmar Slagmolen. In 2017, Maya performed together with Asko|Schönberg K[h]AOS, Noord Nederlands Toneel, and Club Guy & Roni on the production Carroussel.
She is musician-in-residence with Gaudeamus from season 2017/18 onwards.
Her latest CD “Red Velvet” features the works for solo cello by Louis Andriessen, Karen Tanaka, as well as previously unrecorded works by César Lüttger and Kaveh Vares.