Violinist Maiani da Silva feels equally at home playing in concert halls, recording studios, breweries, and parked cars. She explores contemporary works as much as classical masterpieces, and occasionally interpretive dances during measures of rest. Always in pursuit of new collaborations, Maiani is co-founder of Merge Collaborative, a new salon-style interdisciplinary series in Los Angeles, Summa Piano Trio (with forthcoming recordings through the Parma label), and a feminist duo partnership debuting at the OME festival.
Maiani relishes working with cutting-edge contemporary ensembles like wildUp, with whom she is an auxiliary violinist and performed in Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight marathons in 2016 and 2017, as well as Aperture Duo, Ludovico, and Juventas Ensembles. As a Bang On a Can fellow, Maiani worked with George Lewis and Louis Andriessen, and the All-Stars. She has played across the country from Juneau to New York, and internationally from Western Europe to Eastern Asia. Maiani also has orchestral experience with L’Orchestre Lamoureux, St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, and Philharmonie Leipzig, among others.
Aside from her classical and experimental work, Maiani is active in the session scene, and as a live-pop performer. With performance artist Taylor Mac she premiered “The 24-Decade History of Popular Music” in Brooklyn in 2016 and rejoined the band for the 2017–2018 tour. Maiani has also collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, Childish Gambino, and Rod Stewart. She is also a devoted Teaching Artist with the Harmony Project, and is passionate about making music available to everyone in the community.
Maiani holds a B.M. and a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Irina Muresanu as a scholarship recipient. In 2015, Maiani received an Artist Diploma with Honors from The San Francisco Academy Orchestra. Maiani also enjoys karaoke, interpretive dancing, and a good hang.