Brazilian violinist, Pedro Maia, has an extensive experience performing as a soloist and chamber musician. He has played in some of the most prestigious venues throughout Asia, South America, and North America including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Sala São Paulo, Soul National Theater, among others. He had his debut as a soloist at the age of fifteen with the ArtBrasilia Symphony Orchestra, and he often performed both as concertmaster and soloist with many orchestras at the Brasilia School of Music and University of Brasilia. Pedro has recently done his Mexican debut soloing the four seasons by Piazzolla with the Orquesta Filarmonica Tlaxcalan. Pedro is a founding member of Cosmos New Music and Trio Nobile, ensembles which has led Pedro to perfromances at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and at the Palazzo Ducale and Castello Brancaleoni in Italy. He has won several chamber music prizes at competitions such as MMTA, NOLA Chamber Festival Competition, and Great Composers Competition.
As an orchestral musician Pedro is a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and holds the principal second violin position with the Albany Symphony. Pedro has performed with some of the leading conductors in the world including Paul Tortelier, Ira Levin, Kurt Mazur, Emil Tabakov, among others. His orchestral and chamber music engagements have gotten Pedro to collaborate with artists such as Shlomo Mintzs, Itzhak Perlman, Roberto Diaz, Alex Klein, Yo-Yo Ma, Albrecht Mayer, Giles Apap, Igudesman and Joo, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, among others
An active pedagogue as well, Pedro has years of experience teaching students from the most diverse backgrounds. He has a private studio in Tallahassee, FL, and he has also taught in festivals in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, USA, and Mexico. He is a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University, where he teaches chamber music as well as technique class for undergraduates. He is also a coach of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra, where he coaches middle and high school students.
Besides the musical activities, Pedro is a Global Leaders Program’s alumnus, which furthered his knowledge in leadership, teaching artistry, marketing, and management. Pedro holds a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a master’s and a doctoral degree in Violin Performance from Florida State University. His principal teachers have included Erich Lehninger, Katia Andrade, Nadia Nedialkova, Stephen Redfield, and Shannon Thomas.