Musician, medium, priestess. For Maya Fridman (1989), these words mean virtually the same thing. Music is magic, she believes. And as a performer, she enjoys taking her audience to that other, magical world. This is how she turns each concert into an almost religious ritual.

Upon reflection, there are two Mayas. The classical Maya studied cello in Russia and the Netherlands. She won the Dutch Classical Talent Award in 2019, a reliable measure of musical mastery. Here was a cellist who had more up her sleeve than the conventional repertoire. She was offered a residency at the Utrecht concert hall TivoliVredenburg. The Gaudeamus and November Music festivals also gave her free rein. She played the cello and sang, mumbled and screamed, lit candles and evoked scents.

And gradually, a second Maya emerged: the alternative. She writes her own lyrics and music as a singer-songwriter. In 2023, her first alternative album, The Power of Indifference, was released on her home label TRPTK. Listen to how she wanders through far-flung musical regions, from electronic to gothic and pop. Listen to how she whispers lyrics like in a fever dream. Ask her to describe that alternative world, and she says: ‘dark…’

But she doesn’t turn her back on the real world. For example, she enjoys working with other artists. This could be a composer like Jan-Peter de Graaff, whose cello concerto The Forest in April she premiered. Or Tomoko Mukaiyama, the piano fashionista. Or LudoWic, an audiovisual wizard.

And sometimes the world violently intrudes into her life. After the Russian attack on Ukraine, she organized benefit concerts. She founded the TRIDA foundation, to help artists in need. In addition, there is a Maya Fridman Foundation, for adventurous, multidisciplinary projects. And then she is also working on a dissertation. Subject: the ritualization of concert practice. Because everything converges with Maya Fridman. Musician, medium, priestess.

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Works dedicated to and premiered by Maya Fridman

Vares Red Velvet
Shalygin Canti d’Inizio e fine
Bignone Stars
Van Dal-Kleine Descending to Avalon

Solo Repertoire

Andriessen La Voce
 Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV1007
Bach Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008
Bach Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV1009
Bach Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV1010
Bach Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011
Bach Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV1012
Britten Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72
Britten Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87
Cassadó Suite for Solo Cello
Colombi Chiacona
Crumb Sonata For Solo Cello
Golijov Omaramor
Gordon Industry
Lüttger Danseur de Corde
Tanaka The Song of Songs
Tishchenko Sonata for Cello Solo No. 1
Vasks Gramata Cellam “The Book” for Cello Solo

Chamber Repertoire

Animimova Caravan for Two Cellos
Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5
Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5
Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102
Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102
Sonata No. 1 in A major, G.13
Boccherini Sonata No. 2 in C major, G.6
Boccherini Sonata No. 3 in G major, G.5
Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Debussy Cello Sonata
De Falla Siete Canciones Populares Españolas
Händel Passacaglia for Violin and Viola (arr. Halvorsen)
Janacek Pohádka (Fairy Tale)
Lutoslawski Bukoliki (Bucolics)
Mahler Kindertotenlieder (arr. Derevianko)
Myaskovsky Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 81
Pärt Fratres for Cello and Piano
Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119
Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
Schnittke Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1
Schubert Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821
Shostakovich Sonata in D minor, Op. 40
Tavener Akhamatova Songs
Tavener Wake Up… And Die

Concerto Repertoire

Dvorák Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob.VIIb:2
Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor
Myaskovsky Cello Concerto in C minor, Op. 66
Prokofiev Symphony-Concerto in E minor, Op. 125
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
 Cello Concerto, Op. 129
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Vasks Cello Concerto No. 2 “Presence”