Juliann MaPianist ℘ Interdisciplinary Artist
“A dynamo who has an artistic vision and can turn it into a reality” Margaret M. Lioi “Imaginative, charming, brilliant” Jerome Lowenthal
For Juliann Ma, music is about drawing out new awareness. Her lifelong search for meaningful, innovative ways to communicate has led her to address global concerns by extending her native language of piano performance through collaborative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary projects, which she often writes, directs, and produces. Her award-winning initiative, Sustainable Environment through the Arts & Sciences “S E A S”, features a team of artists and scientists who expose obscure, complex stories about our climate crisis through film, theater, and educational platforms, to deepen and sharpen critical public understanding. Under her direction, they have performed in Carnegie Hall, the Consulate General of France in New York, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, The New School, Yamaha Artist Services New York, and Heritage Space (Vietnam), and released their debut works ‘Rise, Awaken’ and ‘Isostasy’ to the public on YouTube. Partnering sustainability advocates as Zackery Rago (‘Chasing Coral’), Kyle Price (Caroga Lake Inter-Arts Symposium), Asian American Arts Alliance, and members of Open Ocean initiative (MIT Media Lab), Ma continues to contribute to public discussions and efforts concerning ecological ethics and the vital role that the performing arts can play on the journey towards sustainability.
An avid citizen-artist, Ma has enjoyed diverse enterprise, leadership, & teaching roles throughout her career, including music faculty (Avenues : The World School) ; Gluck Community Service Fellow (New York City) ; Fulbright Scholar (Paris, France) ; Resident Creative Writing Teaching Assistant (SPCS) ; Arts Academic Theme Associate & Research Assistant (Stanford University). She is a regular multidisciplinary performer and stage manager at Silkroad Global Musician Workshop, as well as Teaching Artist and Speaker at Caroga Lake Inter-Arts Symposium and Caroga Lake Music Festival. Today, she teaches students music worldwide through ToneRow, maintaining her private piano studio in Cambridge, MA. Also a certified yoga instructor, she offers a unique yoga practice with specialization in musician wellness and injury prevention.
Juliann Ma completed her studies at Stanford University (B.A. Music, Honors and Distinction, minor in Creative Writing), École normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot (Diplôme d’Exécution de Piano), The Juilliard School (Master of Music), and Mannes, The New School for Music (Professional Studies). 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), the Father Merlet and Pro Musicis International Awards (2016), among other honors. Her performances and masterclasses have taken her across the U.S. and Caribbean, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia, with highlights at Bing Concert Hall, Konzertsaal Bundesallee, Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot, Dôme de Grandes Écuries Chantilly, Herbst Theater, Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai, Three Palms Montego Bay, and Schoenberg Center.
Her honors are shared with numerous, dedicated mentors, colleagues, friends, and family. Significant teachers include (piano) J.Y. Song, Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, Hung Kuan Chen, Erik Berchot, Thomas Schultz, Hans Boepple, Sharon Mann, Jed Galant ; (world music) Silkroad Ensemble, Glen Velez ; (humanities) Jonathan Dawe, Bärli Nugent, Mark Applebaum, George Barth, Jonathan Berger, Shimon Dotan, Molly Antopol, Elizabeth Tallent, Joshua M. Tyree, Johnny B. Selvin ; (environmental studies) Jared Brewer, Gary W. Ernst ; (yoga, Alexander technique, musician/ sports psychology, meditation) Céline Antoine, Caroline McConnaughey, Lori Schiff, Noa Kageyama, Thích Nhất Hạnh, and Eckhart Tolle. Among her deeply supportive network, Ma attributes her artistic roots especially to her mother, her first teacher.
For inspiration, Ma enjoys exploring nature and ecological relationships, with especial fascination for sound, movement, stillness, sustainable architecture, gardening, and cooking. Juliann Ma is a committed ‘Zero Waste’ citizen, and is researching towards her new projects : ‘Looking through the Ecoglass’, ‘Rethinking Waste’, ‘Hear in Birdsong’, 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 art, community, education, environment, and research. Led by Ma, the team molds immersive experiences relaying stories from around the world, through the lens 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 and Gatherings
- May 1, 2019: Art, Environment, & Justice in a Changing World, Asian American Arts Alliance, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201
- August 24 - September 7, 2018: SEAS in Exhibition: Art & Technology: Art As Insight, Heritage Space, Hanoi, Vietnam
- Jul 22, 2018: Newport Music Festival: Schumann & Rachmaninoff, Ochre Court, Newport, Rhode Island
- July 9-14, 2018: Caroga Lake Inter-Arts Symposium, Caroga Lake, New York
- June 25-July 1, 2018: Silkroad Global Musician Workshop, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
- April 11, 2018: SEAS: Plastics, Coral, Ice, & Earth, Yamaha Artist Services New York: 689 5th Ave Floor 3, Entrance on E54th between 5th and Madison
- Nov 9, 2017: Rise, Awaken, Carnegie Hall, NYC
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A larger collection of photography from Juliann’s performances is featured in her photo gallery.
Press and 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 students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Her studio is based in Cambridge, MA. Please contact her to arrange for lessons or a meet and greet! Remote lessons can likewise be arranged and conducted via ToneRow.
For any professional inquiries including performances, collaboration, instruction, or if you would like to support her work.
To my great family of mentors, colleagues, guardians, and friends: thank you for your energy in shaping a planet I rejoice in sharing forward. Juliann