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Audrey Maxner

Violin, Beginner Piano

As a performer, educator, and lifelong learner, violinist Audrey Maxner’s belief that art fosters community is a common thread present throughout her musical endeavors. From the very beginning, Audrey felt the bonds music encourages, starting at the age of four on piano studying under her grandmother. At sixteen, after focusing her musical efforts toward the violin, she began studying under the tutelage of Glenn Dicterow and Marina Lenau who reinforced this line of thinking and indoctrinated into her “from life comes music.” From there, Audrey began her mentorship with Herbert Greenberg as an undergraduate at the Peabody Conservatory. He presented an open space for learning and creativity, which she seeks to continue in her own musical collaborations and teachings. Audrey recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a minor in the Business of Music.

Born from Classical roots, Audrey carries forward her musical training and her understanding of the violin’s heritage. Her extensive ensemble experience includes performing with various orchestras at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As a performer of contemporary classical music, she has been a member of the Peabody Opera Etudes Ensemble, first and second violin of Symphony Number One, and concertmaster and principal second violin for composition premiere ensembles.

Currently, Audrey is a member and founder of Balagan Duo with guitarist Infinity Willner. They have premiered numerous works in Chicago, Baltimore, and DC, performed and recorded with singer/songwriters such as Christen B and Jaydee Polo, and actively work to expand the repertoire of violin-guitar music. Their collaborations have explored across genres and media, meeting at the intersections of dance, poetry, visual art, and improvisation.

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