American composer and violinist Maria 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 (19001970), who was the celebrated conductor of the famed Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Educated at Yale University, where she was named a George Wellington Miles Scholar, Ms. Newman was inducted as a lifetime member of the American Academic Honor Society in Music, Pi Kappa Lambda. Ms. Newman’s original library of music compositions have earned her accolades as an Annenberg Foundation Composition Fellow &; Mary Pickford Library Composition Fellow.
Commended and recognized by the United States Congress for her work in the field of classical music composition and performance, Ms. Newman is a multiple award winning composer, violinist, violist, pianist, conductor and educator who has both performed internationally and been presented as featured composer at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol Building and National Archives in Washington D.C., Hearst Castle Private Theatre; the President’s Own Marine Band Barracks, the Washington State Capitol Building Rotunda, the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands (Camp David of the West); Nokia’s NOVO Theatre; the music scoring stages of MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., and many others. As well, Newman’s works and performances are heard frequently on radio around the globe. Newman’s critically acclaimed and extensive library of original works represents a range of genres, from largescale orchestral and choral works, to ballet, chamber/solo works & scores for historic silent film.
Acclaimed as, “real genius,” by Fanfare Magazine, Ms. Newman has been nominated for the International Grawemeyer Award in Music, and the Pulitzer Prize by Jim Svejda, (NPR’s The Record Shelf Guide to the Classical Repertoire). Svejda hails Newman as, “Hugely musical, bewitching, 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.”