Portrait photograph of Maya Miro Johnson in 2018.

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, and UCLA.  Awards include 2019 National Merit Scholarship Corporation Finalist, 2019 YoungArts Winner, and 2019 NextNotes Winner.  This summer will include premieres at the Fresh Inc, soundSCAPE, and Cabrillo Festivals, as well as a commission from bassoonist Brad Balliett.   

Maya currently studies conducting with Conner Gray Covington, composition with Devin Maxwell, and violin with Yuki MacQueen. Maya is grateful to all her mentors, including Marin Alsop, Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, Kristin Kuster, Simon Holt, and Missy Mazzoli.  She will begin studies at the Curtis Institute of Music this fall.

Her wide-ranging compositional interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, spatialization, and the re-contextualization of dichotomies such as strange/familiar, ancient/futuristic, and movement/stillness.   Her music is gestalt-based, gestural, and rhetorically-driven but with a heightened sense of drama, color, referentialism, and creativity.

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 Short Bio April 2019)

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