A versatile artist with exceptional vocal flexibility and improvisational skills, opera singer Maya performs both in the UK and internationally.
Born in Gabon (West Africa) to a Thai mother and an Italian civil-engineer father, Maya was raised in a multicultural environment and lived in several African countries, in Italy and in the US. After graduating from Trinity College of Music in London, Maya obtained further vocal training in Italy and Spain. She has studied with Wendy Eathorne, Linda Hirst, Isabel Penagos, Geoffrey Pratley, Philip Colman, Yonty Solomon, Barry Jobling and Mary King; and has attended Masterclasses with Rodger Vignoles, Marcello Abbado, Rudolf Jansen, Helen Yorke and Eugene Asti.
A permanent member and creative associate of Elastic Theatre, Maya is also one of Voicelab’s vocal talents and a graduate of Pulse, Southbank Centre’s special training course for professional singers directed by Mary King.
First Prize Winner, Gladys Puttick Memorial Prize for Extemporization 2005
Most Distinguished Musician Prize, Ibla Grand Prize 2005
Qualified Music Animateur, Spitalfields Festival 2007
Highly Commended, Performing Australian Music Competition 2008
Voicelab (Pulse), Southbank Centre 2008
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2011; NOA Contemporary Opera Festival 2010/2011; Tête a Tête Opera Festival 2009/2010/2011; Jersey International Music Festival 2009; ILAMS Rodrigo Festival 2009; The Space Enterprise Festival 2008; Roma Teatro Festival 2008; Blüthner Recital Series 2008; Festival Europeo della Musica Roma 2007; Spitalfields Festival 2007; The Bath Recital Artists’ Trust Series; Camac Harp Days; St Martin-in-the-fields Recital Series; Bloomsbury Recital Series; AmaZonArt Concert Series.
The King and I Tour; Elastic Theatre; London Metropolitan University; American University Paris/Arts Arena Paris; The Worshipful Company of Musicians; Blüthner Piano; Italian Institute of Culture London/Nairobi/Lisbon/Bogotá; European Chamber Opera; Southbank Centre; Concordia Foundation International Ensemble; Music in Action Jersey; Music in Offices; ILAMS (The Iberian and Latin American Music Society); Boii Theatre; Curve Theatre Leicester.
* Giardino String Quartet
* Giardino String Trio
* Giardino String Duo
* David Giardino – Solo Violin
* Violin and keyboard
* Pianist, Harpist or Violin and Harp
“A striking voice”
“Beautiful and inspiring voice that makes us wish to hear it again and again”
Pure Imagination Maya
The Diva of the Empire
Jardin d’hiver Maya
Song of a nightclub proprietress Maya
Sony UEFA Maya