American violinist/violist and composer, Maria Newman, has been commended and recognized by the U.S. Congress for her work in the field of music composition, performance, and recording. As composer and performer, Newman’s original concert works and scores for historic silent films are presented around the globe in the world’s major municipalities, including such domestic venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol Building on Capitol Hill, the National Archives in Washington D.C., William Randolph Hearst Castle Private Theatre, the President’s Own Marine Band Barracks, Nokia’s NOVO Theatre, NYC’s Symphony Space, the Music Scoring Stages of 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros., to name but a few. Newman is featured regularly on radio and television worldwide in live recorded concert performances and spotlight interviews on broadcasts such as CBS Sunday Morning, and National Public Radio's From the Top with Christopher O'Riley. A George Wellington Miles Scholar of Yale University, Newman is an elected member of the American Academic Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda. As a passionate advocate for the strength of storytelling and the power of human understanding within our universal language of music, Newman has been privileged to partner with many commissioning organizations and world-class performers in composing and presenting her works to the concert-going public and beyond. Maria Newman’s compositions continue to enjoy a meaningful musical life. Newman's work has earned her accolades as an Annenberg Foundation Composition Fellow, a Mary Pickford Library & Foundation Composition Fellow, and as a Variety Music Legend. Newman is Composer-in-Residence, soloist, and concertmaster with the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, (with whom she has earned multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts), and is Music Director and Conductor of the Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra. Fanfare has lauded Newman’s compositions, hailing, “This is real genius.” Maria Newman has been celebrated by NPR’s on-air icon of musical opinion, Jim Svejda, (author and host of The Record Shelf Guide to the Classical Repertoire) as, “Hugely musical, bewitching, witty, profound and playful, with an instantly recognizable and unusually appealing musical personality, Maria Newman is one of the most charming and distinctive composers of her generation.” ~ Often in the international spotlight, Maria Newman is the acclaimed soloist in Miklos Rozsa’s Viola Concerto with the Nuremburg Symphony (Germany) on the GRAMMY Award-winning Symphonic Hollywood CD, (Varese Sarabande label), and served as solo violinist and physical animation inspiration for the character of “The Grasshopper” in the 1996 Walt Disney release of Tim Burton’s, James and the Giant Peach. Of her education at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, Maria Newman writes, “It is my privilege and honor now to have the marvelous opportunity to return to Eastman in residence this September 2019 for a wonderful week of music making and conversation. My four inspirational years earning a BM at Eastman continue to make a hugely substantial, positive, and motivating difference in my life. I do not know where I would be now if I had not had the remarkable experiences that I had there as a student!” Often referred to as the “Musical Newman Family Dynasty,” Maria Newman is the daughter of 9-time Academy Award-winning composer, Alfred Newman, the sister of film composers and conductors Thomas Newman and David Newman, and the cousin of Randy Newman. Maria Newman’s recording studio is based in Malibu, California, in a California craftsman venue designed by renowned architect, Eric Lloyd Wright, of the Frank Lloyd Wright Family of architects.
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