Meet our Musicians:
Maija Anstine, viola
Violist Maija Anstine is equally passionate about both contemporary and classical repertoire, and is deeply committed to both genres with enthusiasm. She has performed with contemporary ensembles such as Alia Musica, OvreArts, Brevard Music Center's itch ensemble, the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Music Ensemble, and is a core member of Pittsburgh-based new music ensemble NAT 28. She has performed with classical ensembles such as the Wheeling, Westmoreland, Oshkosh, Green Bay, Fox Valley and Manitowoc Symphonies, and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.
Maija holds degrees in Viola Performance and English Literature magna cum laude from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University and has spent summers at the Brevard Music Center, the Berkshire Opera Festival, the Pierre Monteux School, the Manchester Music Festival, the North American Viola Institute in Québec, and as a featured artist with the South Beach Up North Chamber Music Festival.
Maija is also passionate about connecting to the next generation of musicians, and has taught private violin and viola studios in the Midwest and the Pittsburgh area. She is currently Instructor of Violin & Viola at the Carnegie Mellon University Preparatory School, the Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School, and at the El Sistema-inspired Orchestra on the Hill program in Pittsburgh's Hill District.
(Updated April 9, 2017)