Maya Miro Johnson (b. 2001) is an emerging conductor-composer who made her professional debut in February 2019 with a commission from The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, premiered by that orchestra and Tito Muñoz.
Maya began conducting studies with Rei Hotoda at age 15 and shortly thereafter was selected as Apprentice Conductor in the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, 2017. She was Luna Composition Lab’s 2017/18 Griselda Villanueva Fellow, and attended the 2018 Boston University Tanglewood Institute as an ASCAP Scholar. She recently conducted premieres of her own works at National Sawdust, Roulette, UCLA, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Recent recognition includes 2019 National Merit Scholarship Corporation Finalist, 2019 and 2020 YoungArts Winner, 2019 Davidson Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2019 ASCAP Morton Gould Award Finalist, 2019 BMI Young Composer Award Finalist, and 2019 NextNotes Winner.
Summer 2019 included composition premieres and performances as both violinist and conductor at the Fresh Inc, soundSCAPE, and Cabrillo Festivals; workshop studies with Miguel Harth-Bedoya in Fort Worth; and a special appearance as tap dancer at the ACF’s 5th Anniversary NextNotes Showcase in Minneapolis. Numbering among Maya’s upcoming projects for the 19/20 season are new pieces for bassoonist Brad Balliett, LA-based pianist Inna Faliks, and London-based conductor Toby Thatcher’s project, Zeitgeist, as well as her record label debut for Sono Luminus.
Maya currently holds the 2019/20 Tureck Bach Research Institute Fellowship at the Curtis Institute of Music and previously studied conducting with Conner Gray Covington, composition with Devin Maxwell, and violin with Yuki MacQueen. Maya is grateful to all her mentors, including Marin Alsop, Chaya Czernowin, Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, Kristin Kuster, Simon Holt, and Missy Mazzoli.
Maya’s musical language is gestural and gestalt-based, driven by extra-musical elements, movement, rhetoric, and balance of what she calls synthetic dichotomies, or corollary dualities like strange and familiar, dark and light.
In her ever-dwindling spare time, Maya enjoys film noir, poetry, philosophy, and dance. She is the proud owner of an enormous black cat named Felix.
(Maya Miro Johnson Medium Bio December 2019)
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