Maura Shawn Scanlin, born in Boone NC, makes her home in Boston, MA. She recently completed her Masters Degree in Violin Performance at the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Ani Kavafian. Previously, Maura studied violin with Lucy Chapman while completing her Bachelors Degree at the New England Conservatory. Maura’s classical collaborations with various ensembles have led her to the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition and the Banff Chamber Music Residency. Maura has studied with renowned chamber musicians such as the Borromeo String Quartet, the Brentano String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Roger Tapping.
In addition to classical music, Maura also enjoys performing and collaborating with other musicians in a variety of non-classical styles ranging from traditional folk to contemporary improvisatory music. Particularly well-versed in Scottish and Irish traditional fiddle music, Maura has had the opportunity to compete in and has won the world’s premiere traditional Scottish fiddling competitions. She is a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, and a winner of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in Perthshire, Scotland. Maura is a member of several bands based in the greater Boston area. She performs and tours regularly with five-piece contemporary folk band Pumpkin Bread and Irish duo project Rakish. She is also a new member of the contemporary Scottish outfit the Bywater Band.
When not performing, Maura enjoys teaching music as well. She has been on faculty at the Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, the Heartbeat Project, Summer Strings, and also teaches privately. Through studies, collaborations and performances, Maura hopes to cultivate appreciation for live acoustic music of all styles.
Maura plays a 1923 Ernst Heinrich Roth violin, made in Germany, and uses Peter Infeld PI strings.