Juliann MaPianist ℘ Music & Yoga instructor ℘ Wildlife Artist
Artist, Advocate, Teacher
““Music is the awakening of our planet’s vibrations in the soul” Juliann Ma
Artist Juliann Ma’s exploration of meaningful ways to “awaken the soul” has led her to address global concerns by extending her native languages of music, movement, and storytelling through collaborative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary projects that she writes, performs, and often directs. Her award-winning initiative, Sustainable Environment through the Arts & Sciences, features a team of scientists and artists who expose complexities of our climate crisis through immersive performances, media, educational workshops, and public panels, to widen and deepen critical public understanding of our planet’s health. S E A S has graced spaces as Carnegie Hall, Consulate General of France in New York, Heritage Space, and The New School, and released their debut works Rise, Awaken and Isostasy to the public via YouTube. Today, partnering sustainability advocates including Chasing Coral, New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, MIT Media Lab’s Open Ocean, Caroga Lake Inter-Arts Symposium, and Asian American Arts Alliance, Juliann continues to contribute to public discussions and efforts concerning ecological ethics, encouraging artists and audiences alike to consider the vital roles they can play on the journey towards environmental sustainability.
A citizen-artist, Juliann enjoys supporting community through diverse roles. In addition to her services as a Gluck Fellow (New York City) and contributions as a Fulbright Scholar (Paris, France), she has taught music at Avenues: The World School, creative writing at Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, and created and led collaborative arts courses and programs at Stanford University. She is a returning Speaker and Teaching Artist at Caroga Lake Music Festival, as well as multidisciplinary performer and stage manager at Silkroad Global Musician Workshop. Today, she offers music lessons and masterclasses worldwide through ToneRow, maintaining her her private piano studio in Cambridge, MA.
As a certified Iyengar yoga instructor with training in Alexander Technique, Juliann also shares a unique yoga practice focused on restoring healthy natural posture and movement, injury recovery and prevention. Her yoga studio is open for class and private sessions outdoors in Cambridge and via Zoom.
Juliann Ma completed her studies at Stanford University, École Normale de Musique de Paris ‘Alfred Cortot’, The Juilliard School, and The New School. For her contributions to the humanities and creative arts, she received Stanford University’s Robert M. Golden Medal (2011), the Marin Alsop Entrepreneurship Award (2015), Father Merlet and Pro Musicis International Awards (2016). Her performances and masterclasses at the piano have taken her across the U.S. and Caribbean, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Highlights include Bing Concert Hall, Konzertsaal Bundesallee, Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot, Dôme de Grandes Écuries Chantilly, Herbst Theater, Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Three Palms Montego Bay, Schoenberg Center, and Yamaha Artists Services New York.
A lifelong student, Juliann’s journey is shared with numerous dedicated mentors, colleagues, friends, and family. She would like to acknolwedge significant teachers: (piano) J.Y. Song, Hung Kuan Chen, Ewa Kupiec, Jiří Hlinka, Matti Raekallio, Jerome Lowenthal, Erik Berchot, Thomas Schultz, Hans Boepple, Sharon Mann, Jed Galant ; (world music) Silkroad Ensemble, Glen Velez ; (music, science, and technology) Marc Evans, Jonathan Berger ; (music theory) Jonathan Dawe, Philip Lasser, Mark Applebaum, George Barth ; (film) Shimon Dotan ; (writing) Bärli Nugent, Molly Antopol, Elizabeth Molkou, Thomas Villemonteix, Joshua M. Tyree, Johnny B. Selvin ; (environmental studies) Jared Brewer, Gary W. Ernst ; (yoga, Alexander technique, musician/ sports psychology) Céline Antoine, Caroline McConnaughey, Lori Schiff, Noa Kageyama, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Eckhart Tolle. Among her deeply supportive network, Ma attributes her artistic roots especially to her mother, her first teacher. She thanks her father for sparking her interest in investigative journalism, her brothers for instilling an entrepreneurial and activist spirit, and her friends for encouraging her bent for adventure and deep dive into cultures around the world.
For inspiration, Juliann enjoys spending time in nature. She is a committed ‘Zero Waste’ citizen and dedicated volunteer with wildlife rescue organizations. She is currently researching towards her projects : ‘Looking through the Ecoglass : Rethinking Waste’, ‘Sounds of Water’, ‘Disappearing Forest,’ and ‘Just like the Sea’.
You are invited to attend one of Juliann’s upcoming events, or contact her directly!
A varied collection of performances by Juliann Ma.
Peanuts Gallery Piano Concerto: an original production animating Charles Schulz’s cartoon characters through the musical genius of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and theatrical improvisations from a collaborative cast.
Sustainable Environment through the Arts & Sciences initiative awakens the world to the global climate crisis through creative interface between community, environment, research, art, and education. Led by Juliann, the team molds immersive experiences that relay stories from around the world, through the eyes of those impacted. Rise, Awaken with S E A S…
Interdisciplinary performance inspired by a selection of world music.
Mohini (Melody by Sandeep Das, arrangement and performance by TiRaKiTuhTaKa).
Video and audio of Juliann’s solo performances, her collaborations, and her projects.
Concerts & Gatherings
- 10 AM Fridays + pop-ups: Autumn Yoga with Joolz, Yoga Under the Trees, Shady Hill Square (public park, Cambridge)
- Apr 24—Jul 4, 2021: Emptying the Mind, San Francisco Bay Area
- Jul 31—Sep 6, 2021: Summer Yoga with Joolz, Yoga Under the Trees, 14 Shady Hill Square
- Oct 2019—Feb 2020: Stree Shakti Open Workshop, private residence, Cambridge, MA
- Jun 28, 2019: Silkroad Global Musician Workshop Reunion, private residence, Cambridge, MA
- May 1, 2019: Art, Environment, & Justice in a Changing World, Asian American Arts Alliance, Brooklyn, NY
- Mar—Aug 2019: Yoga for Musicians, Central Park, NYC
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A larger collection of photography from Juliann’s performances and gatherings is featured in her photo gallery.
Press & Reviews
Originally published by Rorianne Schrade for New York Concert Review; New York, NY
A noteworthy recital debut occurred last Thursday, that of excellent pianist Juliann Ma, under the auspices of the Pro Musicis organization. Pro Musicis, founded in 1965, has for decades had a track record of presenting outstanding and communicative young artists in both conventional venues and community service concerts. Their roster has had such an illustrious array of musicians that it is impossible to select just a few names (but one can visit www.promusicis.org to learn more). Whether the Pro Musicis magic is more in their choosing of exceptional talent or in their nurturing of it through concerts and outreach may be up for debate – surely a mixture of both – but, in any case, they continue to thrive. Juliann Ma, their 2016 addition to the roster, provided ample evidence of that at her recital. (excerpt. Read entire review.)
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Contact Juliann Ma
Juliann offers personalized curricula to piano and yoga students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Her studios are based in Cambridge, MA. Please contact her to arrange for private lessons or a meet and greet! Remote lessons can be arranged and conducted via ToneRow (music), and Zoom (yoga).
For any professional inquiries including performances, collaboration, instruction, or if you would like to support her work.
Thank you for your energy in shaping our planet Juliann