Maria Newman / Resident Composer


Maria Newman, Composer

Louis & Annette Kaufman
Composition Chair

Composition/Chamber Music Faculty
Malibu Friends of Music

Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra
Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra

Annenberg Foundation
Composition Fellow

Joachim Chassman Violin Chair

Artist/Faculty Violinist/Violist
Malibu Friends of Music

Mary Pickford Library
Composition Fellow

Recognized and Commended by the United States Congress for her work in the field of classical music composition and performance, Maria Newman (b. Los Angeles, CA) is an award-winning composer, violinist, violist and pianist.As an Annenberg Foundation Composition Fellow, a Mary Pickford Library Composition Fellow, featured Concert Composer and Violin/Viola Soloist in such diverse venues as the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C., Historic Hearst Castle, the Washington State Capitol Building Rotunda, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, Pittsburg’s Heinz Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Music Scoring Stages of 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM, Paramount and Universal Pictures, Newman has become a visible symbol in modern classical music, deriving her living from commissions and performances. Maria Newman’s extensive library of scintillating and highly discussed works represents a range of genres, from large-scale orchestral works, works for the ballet, chamber works, choral and vocal works, to new collaborative scores for vintage silent film.

Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the International Grawemeyer Music Composition Award by NPR’s Jim Svejda (“The Record Shelf Guide to the Classical Repertoire”), the on-air icon of musical opinion has hailed Maria Newman as “hugely musical, bewitching, profound and playful with an instantly recognizable and unusually appealing musical personality.”

Newman’s compositions enjoy an active musical life performed regularly by some of the world’s most fascinating musicians. The composer’s extensive original library has been commissioned and performed around the globe by such organizations and artists as the Annenberg Foundation, the Mary Pickford Foundation, the Mary Pickford Library, the Mary Pickford Institute, the Barak Ballet; A & F Productions, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Brass, Solisti New York, the Colburn Orchestra da Camera, the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, the University of Southern California, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the New West Symphony, the Icicle Creek Chamber Orchestra, the Omaha Conservatory Symphony Orchestras at the University of Nebraska and Creighton University, the Omaha Cinema Orchestra, the Sierra Symphony Orchestra, the Cortes Festival Orchestra, the YMF Debut Orchestra, the St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, the Azusa Pacific Symphony, the Southern California Viola Choir, Pacific Serenades, the Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra, the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Monica Symphony, Occidental-Caltech Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Brigham Young University, the Luther Chamber Symphony, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra, Chamber Music Palisades, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, the Ottawa Festival, the Jewish Music Commission, the Dorian Chamber Orchestra, the Malibu Coast Chamber Ballet, the Museum of the Gilded Age at Ventfort Hall in Lenox, the City of Malibu, the Malibu Coast Children’s Choir, the Dorian Festival Orchestra, Songfest, the Yakima Symphony Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Jewish Music Commission, the Kairos Lyceum, the International Harp Congress, the International Flute Convention, the National Flute Convention, the World Cello Congress, the International Viola Congress, the International Brass Congress, the Supreme Master Ching Hai National Association, Malibu Coast Madrigals, Trans-Nebraska Players, the Los Angeles Horn Quartet, Orchestra Omaha, WOW: The Wonder of Words Festival (Des Moines, IA), the Central Washington University Flute Choir, Turner Classic Movies, and many others.

Newman’s popular and frequently performed set of Concerti Grossi have been performed and recorded by such esteemed artists as cellist Andrew Shulman, violist Paul Coletti, double bassist Nico Abondolo, pianist Delores Stevens, pianist Peter Longworth, pianist Bryan Pezzone, pianist Wendy Prober, flutist Hal Ott, soprano Diane Thueson Reich, the Kairos String Quartet, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Randy Newman, actor Charlton Heston, and Los Angeles Opera tenor George Sterne. Newman’s recorded works are released on the Montgomery Arts House Modern Masterworks label, among others, and are available worldwide. Newman’s sheet music is published exclusively by Montgomery Arts House Press, Malibu California.

Maria Newman has been honored with numerous musical commendations and recognitions from the United States Congress, the Annenberg Foundation, the Mary Pickford Library, the California State Senate, the California State Assembly, the County of Los Angeles, the City of Malibu, and the Malibu Times periodical, and has appeared in subject spotlight articles by many of this nation’s most noted and esteemed newspapers and magazines. She received the 2008 Malibu Music Award as “Classical Artist of the Year,” a “Variety Composer Legend” Award, the coveted “Debut Award” from the Los Angeles Young Musicians’ Foundation (YMF), the California Arts Commission, the Utah Performing Arts Tour, and has been honored by ASCAP and many other organizations. Newman’s works are featured regularly on public radio and television, as well as on Turner Broadcasting.

Maria Newman has been a Featured Composer and Composer-in-Residence at major International Music Festivals including the Des Moines (WOW) Wonder of Words Festival (2012), the Brevard Center for the Arts (2004), Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival (1995-2004), Songfest (2003 & 2004), the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (1995 & 2006), the Kairos Festival and Lyceum (2005-2007), the Azusa Pacific Grand Orchestra Festival (2000), the Malibu Coast Music Festival (2005-2011), the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival (2000-2003), the Dorian Festival at Luther College (2003-present), the Old Pasadena Film Festival (2009 & 2010), the Malibu Film Society (2009 & 2010), Sundays Live at LACMA, the Malibu Celebration of Film Festival (2003), Rancho Camulos Ramona Days Festival (2010 & 2011), Cinecon Festival Hollywood (2000), and Chamber Music Unbound (2009 & 2010). She has served as long term Composer-in-Residence with the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra (2005-present), the Sierra Symphony Chamber Orchestra (2004-2012), the Malibu Coast Children’s Choir (2007-present), the Malibu Coast Chamber Ballet (2007-present), the Icicle Creek Festival Orchestra (2000-04) and the Omaha Conservatory Festival Orchestra at the University of Nebraska and Creighton University (2009-2013).

Newman was born into one of the most famous and influential musical families in Hollywood. She is the youngest daughter of 9-time Academy Award-winning film composer, Alfred Newman (1900-1970), who was the celebrated conductor of the famed Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Maria Newman was educated at Yale University,(MM 1984; George Wellington Miles Scholar), and the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music (BM 1984; Magna cum Laude). While at Yale, Newman’s studies in composition were with Martin Bresnick, and with Syoko Aki on violin. Maria Newman is a member of the American Academic Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda.

Ms. Newman has collaborated in concert as soloist with actor Pierce Brosnan, Billy Crystal, Paul Reiser and Daniel Stern, and has had the great honor of performing as soloist at the United States Capitol Building Complex on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., headlining a Special Event representing the highly debated Victim’s Rights Bill. Newman has been featured as commissioned composer and performer in the Private Theatre inside the Historic Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, introduced by William Randolph Hearst III.

A bold and versatile performer, Newman’s compositions and performances of both her own highly regarded works, and works of the great masters, are consistently programmed in concert halls and heard regularly on radio broadcasts worldwide. In her role as violinist, violist and pianist, Maria Newman has concertized around the world as a soloist, recitalist, and as a member of the Malibu Coast String Quartet, the Coulston String Quartet and the Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble. As a concert soloist, Newman has premiered many new works for violin, as well as viola (including many of her own) in the United States’ and Europe’s most celebrated concert halls, and was the critically acclaimed viola soloist for the Grammy Award-winning album, Symphonic Hollywood, in a performance of Miklos Rozsa’s Viola Concerto with the Nuremberg Symphony. Newman was violin soloist in the critically acclaimed American Premiere performance of Rozsa’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.

As Composer-in-Residence at the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture (MAHMA), a modern craftsman venue in Malibu, California, designed by Eric Lloyd Wright of the Frank Lloyd Wright family of architects, Newman participates in 40-plus concerts annually in this venue alone, collaborating with many of the world’s most celebrated musicians, architects and speakers. In addition, Newman tours frequently as a featured composer, performer, lecturer and master teacher.

Ms. Newman holds the Louis and Annette Kaufman Composition Chair, and the Joachim Chassman Violin Chair at the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture (MAHMA) and the Malibu Friends of Music in Malibu, California. MAHMA serves as the venue for the highly noted Malibu Friends of Music, a not-for-profit arts organization.

Maria Newman is the mother of five highly artistic children: Martha (17), Isabella (14), Samuel “Sonny” (13), Noah (8) and Joaquin (5).

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