M A R I A N E W M A N Commended and Recognized by the
United States Congress 2009
Composer-in-Residence Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra SPaCE Salon Concerts, Los Angeles
Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble
Annenberg Foundation Composition Fellow Mary Pickford Library Composition Fellow Artist-in-Residence Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture
Malibu Friends of Music
SPaCE Salon Concerts, Los Angeles Louis & Annette Kaufman Composition Chair Malibu Friends of Music Joachim Chassman Violin Chair Malibu Friends of Music
Composition/Chamber Music Faculty Malibu Friends of Music
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M A R I A N E W M A N ~ Short Biography
Commended and recognized by the United States Congress for her work in the field of classical music composition and performance, MARIA NEWMAN is an award-winning American composer, violinist, violist, pianist, conductor, and educator who performs internationally as an artist, and in the role of composer. Featured in spotlight interviews and live performances on, CBS Sunday Morning, as well as National Public Radio's, From the Topwith Christopher O'Riley, Maria Newman is no stranger to such elite venues and novel locations as Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C., the National Archives in Washington D.C., Hearst Castle Private Theater, the President’s Own Marine Band Barracks, the Washington State Capitol Building Rotunda, the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, Nokia’s NOVO Theatre, Heidelberg Castle, the Colosseum, Brevard Center for the Arts, and the Music Scoring Stages of 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros. Studios. Named a George Wellington Miles Scholar of Yale University, Newman is an elected member of the American Academic Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda.
A visible symbol in modern classical music, Maria Newman's original library of compositions have earned her accolades as an Annenberg Foundation Composition Fellow, a Mary Pickford Library and Foundation Composition Fellow, a VarietyMusic Legend, and Composer-in-Residence for the award-winning Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra, Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, and SPaCE Salon Concerts Los Angeles, among many others. Her compositions, performances, and frequent live interviews can be heard on radio around the globe, representing a range of genres - from symphonic, choral and ballet music - to chamber, solo works, narrative compositions, and scores for historic vintage silent film.
Fanfare Magazine has lauded Maria Newman’s compositions, hailing, “This is real genius.” She has been celebrated by NPR’s on-air icon of musical opinion, Jim Svejda, (Author /Host of The Record Shelf Guide to the Classical Repertoire) as, “Hugely musical, bewitching, witty, profound and playful, with an instantly recognizable and unusually appealing musical personality, Maria Newman is one of the most charming and distinctive composers of her generation.” Newman is the acclaimed concert soloist in Mikos Rozsa’s Viola Concerto with the Nuremburg Symphony on the GRAMMY Award-winning Symphonic Hollywood CD (Varese Sarabande/Colosseum Records). She is the youngest of the seven children of 9-time Academy Award-winning film composer, Alfred Newman, who is also the famed original Music Director & Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Maria Newman holds the Louis & Annette Kaufman Composition Chair and the Joachim Chassman Violin Chair at the Montgomery Arts House for Music & Architecture (MAHMA) for the Malibu Friends of Music.