Holder of the honorary title of the ‘Royal Academy of Music Associate’ (London), Maya Meron has played viola in some of the best known orchestras in the world – including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.
Born in Jerusalem, Maya started her musical career by studying violin with an acclaimed Israeli violin virtuoso Hagai Shaham at the Rubin Academy of Music in her home country. This was followed by accepting a scholarship to study with Miriam Fried – recognized as one of the world’s preeminent classical violinists and pedagogues – at the Indiana University Bloomington in USA.
Later on she switched to study viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and by a special arrangement was given the opportunity to have regular lessons with a famous German violist Tabea Zimmermann. Maya completed both her Bachelor Music degree and Post Graduate Diploma with distinction and in 2013 was given the honorary title of the ‘Royal Academy of Music Associate’ for her outstanding musical achievements.
Maya is a passionate chamber musician, who has performed in chamber concerts with world famous musicians: Daniel Hope (violin), Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Tanya Tetzlaff (cello), Gustav Rivinius (cello), Lars Vogt (piano), Antje Weithass (violin), Isabelle Faust (violin), Erich Hoebarth (violin) and Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (cello) – to name a few. She has also played viola at various festivals worldwide: Ravinia Festival Steans Institute for Young Artists (USA), Open Chamber Music of the International Musicians’ Seminar in Prussia Cove (UK), the Spannungen Chamber Music Festival in Heimbach of Lars Vogt (Germany) and the Pärnu Music Festival (Estonia).
Maya’s orchestral experience includes a contract with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Co-Principal Viola of Paavo Järvi’s Estonian Festival Orchestra, member of the WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra of Daniel Barenboim, in addition to free-lance work with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munich, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.
Developing the skills of young musicians has been of great interest to Maya for more than twenty years. Her teaching experience includes being a violin and viola teacher at the Junior department of the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as teaching chamber music at the Valdres Festival in Norway and the Aberystwyth Festival in Wales. In 2021 Maya was warmly welcomed to join the Zakhar Bron School of Music in Zurich as a viola and chamber music teacher.