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Maika'i Nash

Maika'i Nash

Pianist, coach

Hawaiian pianist Maika'i Nash is from an exciting new generation of vocal coaches and pianists in North America. Previously a vocal coach and accompanist at McGill University, he now coaches at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Glenn Gould School) and collaborates with a number of young singers throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

In addition to his rigorous coaching schedule, Maika'i is also an avid pianist and performs with singers nationally and internationally. Highlights of his 2014-15 season is his debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall with acclaimed MET soprano, Audrey Luna. Maika'i's season also includes concerts with Nathalie Paulin, Monica Whicher, Lucia Cesaroni, Adrian Kramer and others. He has collaborated & recorded with renowned singers such as Richard Margison, Quinn Kelsey, Marjorie Owens, Barry Banks, Mark Doss, Vasil Garvanliev, Leslie-Ann Bradley & Teiya Kasahara. For the Summer of 2013, Maika'i was on faculty at the COSI Opera Festival in Sulmona. And this past Winter (2014), he was the official accompanist at the Metropolitan Council Auditions.

Maika'i is also the Resident Musical Director for Opera 5 in Toronto and has been the Music Director and pianist for the Coleman Lemieux & Co. (From the House of Mirth), Summer Opera Lyric Theatre (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Opera Tchai (Eugene Onegin), Opera West (Il Trovatore) and Cowtown Opera (Hansel and Gretel) in Calgary. He has coached and performed in Italy as a part of the COSI Opera Festival in Sulmona and was the touring musical director for Jeunesses Musicales on a 20-city tour performing L'elisir d'amore. He has collaborated & recorded with renowned singers such as Richard Margison, Quinn Kelsey, Marjorie Owens, Barry Banks, Mark Doss, Vasil Garvanliev, Leslie-Ann Bradley & Teiya Kasahara. For the Summer of 2013, Maika'i was on faculty at the COSI Opera Festival in Sulmona. And this past Winter (2014), he was the official accompanist at the Metropolitan Council Auditions.

Maika'i has also performed in a number of renowned masterclass series with artists such as: Barbara Bonney, Elly Ameling, Julius Drake, Edith Wiens, Cynthia Hoffman, Helmut Deutsch, Rudolf Jansen, Robert Holl, Wendy Nielsen, Laura Claycomb & Denise Massé.

Maika'i is a graduate of the Schubert Institute in Austria and has studied at the University of Hawaii and at McGill University under the tutelage of Michael McMahon and Kyoko Hashimoto. He debuted with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11 and was a regular soloist with them for a number of years. He has been an award, scholarship & prize winner for many organizations and competitions and is a grant recipient from the Canada Council of the Arts and the Quebec Conseil des Arts et des lettres.

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