MAIA VAN RAES
Maia Van Raes (piano) is a classically trained pianist with her Bachelor of Music in Piano from the University of Toronto where she studied with Andrew Markow and Brian McDonagh. In her 15 years at the piano she has performed classical compositions from Bach to Chopin, but also enjoys blues, rock and pop and their emphasis on improvisation.In addition to classical music she has performed in orchestras and pit bands for musical productions, such as Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show and Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and most recently accompanied Toronto's Snowdrop Production's The Glass Cage. Maia also devotes time to musical charities to share her love of music with others. She currently volunteers with Musicbox Children's Charity to give free piano lessons to underprivileged youth in downtown Toronto and also lends her capabilities as a trumpet player by performing with the North Toronto Community Band. Maia can sometimes be heard performing with the Toronto blues trio Sam Taylor and the East End Love but is also working towards completing her ARCT accreditation from the Royal Conservatory of Music.