Maya started her training as a pianist and singer when she was 8 years old, at The Mannes College of Music Prep division. She went on to do her Bachelor of Music at Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied piano with Lydia Frumkin, and voice with Gerald Crawford.
After graduating, she realised that while she loved the piano, she did not want to spend her life alone in the practice room, fretting about potential memory slips in concert, and decided instead to pursue singing and acting. She met the most wonderful singing teacher, Ms. Carole O’Hara, who passed away at 99 years old in 2013 (beloved by all her students and who could still sing high Cs until just a few months before her passing).
She now has that pleasure of singing regularly as a Cantorial Soloist at West London Synagogue, working often with the organist and composer Christopher Bowers-Broadbent. She has sung as a guest soloist with The London Gay Men’s Chorus, and has performed concerts in London and New York City.
When she is not singing her own songs, she loves to sing folk music of all sorts, classical music, and musical theatre.
The Cuckoo (an old English folk song, produced by Nick Trepka)
How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live (recorded with The Kitchen Quartet)
Noches Noches (a Ladino folk song)
From a live concert on August 9th, 2014
A clip of ‘The Opera Singer’ singing Mahler’s The Song of the Wayfarer from Troiseaux: A One-Woman Musical Mystery 2010
Excerpt from Purcell’s ‘Oh Let Me Weep’, Live performance at St. Philip’s Church, Earl’s Court, August 9th, 2014
Love Will Tear Us Apart