Maya Shiraishi
New York, NY
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Maya Shiraishi

Maya S.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Maya joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 2007. After receiving her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in 2001, she became a member of the Honolulu Symphony. In Hawaii, she recorded with the prestigious Hawaiian singer Keali’i Reichel on his album Ke’alaokamaile, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005.

A native of Japan, Maya received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Tokyo University of the Arts. She attended seminars in Japan and England with the Amadeus Quartet and performed in both countries as a member of the Sunrise String Quartet.

In the United States, Maya studied with Masao Kawasaki on scholarships at the Juilliard School, where she received a master’s degree in 2001. She has also studied with Garrett Fischbach from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Yoko Takebe from the New York Philharmonic. She has given solo and chamber music recitals at Lincoln Center in New York and at the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy. She joined Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Japan tour in 2014. Her chamber music coaches included Seymour Lipkin, Jacob Lateiner and the Juilliard Quartet.

Maya was a faculty member of the Greenwich Conservatory in Connecticut from 2005–11, and she has served on the board of advisors at Arete Music Academy in New Jersey. As a dedicated teacher, she has had a successful teaching studio for 26 years. Her former violin students are in some of the prestigious schools including the Juilliard School, Yale School of Music and Special Music School at Kaufman Music Center.

About Maya S.

Hi! My name is Maya and I was born in Japan. I graduated from the Juilliard School in 2001 and have been a violinist of New Jersey Symphony since 2007.

Did you just pick up the violin for the first time? Have you been working on some pieces but need further help? Are you taking an audition for your school orchestra?

Or are you interested in learning Japanese language but not sure how to start? Do you want to learn Hiragana and Kanji so that you can enjoy Japanese Manga? にほんごをべんきょうしたいですか?

I believe having a solid foundation will give students a big advantage at every stage of their development.

I make sure to go through every detail to help you achieve your musical goals. Step by step; beautiful sound, good rhythm, comfortable posture, precise intonation... it’s a long journey, but I patiently guide each student toward the discovery of your strength.

I look forward to sharing my joy of teaching with you soon!



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7 Reviews
Eric J.
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My son is very excited about his first session and can’t wait to learn more. Maya is very nice and makes sure to make herself available for her clients.

Eric J (Keisha)

Posted Aug 16, 2021
Jennifer T.
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Maya is an excellent teacher. She is patient and explains things clearly.

Posted May 7, 2021
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I’ve been learning Japanese with Maya for months now. She is so fun to study with, and her teaching is easy to follow. I totally recommend her!

Posted Jan 28, 2021
Marisol Q.
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She like you ! And will return next week.

Posted Jan 6, 2021
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Maya has been my daughter’s violin teacher for 5 years. She teaches in both English and Japanese, which expands my daughter's musical knowledge in 2 languages. She is patient and works well with kids. My daughter enjoys learning from Maya.

Posted Aug 8, 2020
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Maya has been my violin and piano teacher for about 7 years. She’s very patient and fun to work with, but sometimes strict for what I work on. We have to prepare for the annual students recital she has in the spring, but i feel I’ve learned a lot from her. She’s my favorite teacher!

Posted Jul 24, 2020
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My daughter had Ms. Maya for 6 years. Ms. Maya has many experiences to teach and to play concerts. She is kind and gives you lessons that is easy to understand for small kids to grownups. I highly recommend you Ms. Maya. Enjoy her lessons !!!

Posted Jul 23, 2020

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Jan 2007 - Present

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Violin Faculty
Sep 2005 - Jun 2011

Greenwich Conservatory, CT

Sep 2002 - Jun 2005

Honolulu Symphony Orchestra


MM, Violin
Sep 1998 - May 2001

The Juilliard School

BM, MM, violin
Apr 1992 - Mar 1998

Tokyo National University of the Arts



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Japanese-language Teachers Training Program Intermediate level
Mar 2021

Japan Society in New York

Japanese-language Teachers Training Program Introductory level
Dec 2020

Japan Society in New York

Japan Kanji Aptitude Test 3rd grade (日本漢字能力検定 3級)
Jun 2018

Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation (日本漢字能力検定協会)

Music teaching certificate for middle and high schools in Japan (中学校及び高等学校教諭専修免許状)
Sep 1998

Ministry of Education (文部科学省)


American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2002
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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