Maya Miro Johnson, composer

Photo Credit: Nico Mateo

Maya is a composer and interdisciplinary artist grappling with alienation and viscerality in the human body, media cyborgization, exorcism of hereditary ghosts, complexities of trauma, and radical vulnerability. 

Notable work has included: commissions for loadbang, SPCO, Sarasota Festival, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Baltic Sea Festival; contributions to albums by Johnny Gandelsman, HOCKET (both with 2023 Grammy nods); awards from Beth Morrison Projects (NextGen 2021), BMI (both Schuman and Surinach Prizes 2020); cover conducting for the Minnesota Orchestra, including a BIS recording of Mahler 8; an installation at the Barnes Foundation with celebrated artists John Dowell and Zane Booker; and Patience, an opera with Christina Herresthal concerning the genius of artists suffering in AFAB bodies. 

Summer studies have included Copland House CULTIVATE, NYO-USA, BUTI, soundSCAPE, Cabrillo, Fresh Inc., Miguel Harth-Bedoya’s Conducting Institute, Bergen International Festival, & Aspen. 

Maya is currently a 5th year undergraduate at the Curtis Institute of Music, where her primary teachers have been Nick DiBerardino, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Amy Beth Kirsten, David Serkin Ludwig, & Steve Mackey. She has also studied privately with Chaya Czernowin at Harvard. 

She is published in BabelScores and has formed the performance art duo ~ [pronounced two] with Sarrah Bushara since 2020.

Upcoming Performances:

Aug 31 – Red Cliffs I: Colorado Currents
featuring the world premiere of Maya’s MMF commissioned work