Maia Schmidt

Violin Teacher

Maia Schmidt

SAA Member


Caldwell, NJ
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Maia Schmidt is a candidate for the Bachelor’s of Music degree, studying violin performance with Peter Winograd at the Manhattan School of Music. Maia has always had a passion for teaching which led to her completion of Suzuki training for Suzuki Book 1 with Carrie Reuning-Hummel and her current pedagogical studies with Elizabeth Faidley, with whom she studied violin privately from 2012-2017 at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College.

Maia began teaching in 2013 as a volunteer at the Paterson Music Project and later as the violin teachers’ intern in 2016-17. She is now on assistant faculty with the Elizabeth Faidley Studio and at the Elite Academy in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Maia has had extensive solo performance experiences at Manhattan School of Music, Riverside Church and Hunter College in New York City, as well as performances at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Salzburg Cathedral, and the famed Esterhazy Castle’s Haydnsaal. Additionally, she has performed in winners’ recitals at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, and Lincoln Center. Maia made her orchestral debut at the age of 13 with the Manhattan String Orchestra and recently performed with the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. In 2016, Maia made her New York City solo recital debut as part of the 92Y Young Concert Artists Series.

Maia has won prestigious awards as a soloist, including top prizes in the American Protege, NLPA, Vivo International, Rondo Vanguard, East Coast International, and Enkor International Music competitions. She has also performed in masterclasses with artists such as Nathan Cole, Ray Chen, David Kim, Kurt Nikkanen, Stefan Jackiw, Eric Wyrick, the Jupiter String Quartet, among others. As a chamber musician, Maia has worked with members of the Arianna, Brooklyn Rider, Orion, Jupiter, and American String Quartets. Maia currently plays a Hill bow gifted to her by the late Eleftherious Eleftherakis, former assistant conductor of the MIT Symphony Orchestra. 

In her free time, Maia enjoys traveling, reading, and petting dogs.