Currently a second-year Fellow of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Marian Mayuga is a violinist from Manila in the Philippines. In her first concert with Civic, she performed as principal second violin and a member of the featured string quartet in Eleanor Alberga’s Tower for String Quartet and Orchestra. She also performed in principal positions at the annual Bach Marathon, the Chicago Youth in Music Festival, the Young Composers Initiative and the Negaunee Music Institute Showcase at Symphony Center.
Hailed for her “remarkable ability to extract myriad sonorities from [her instrument] and modulate between them with hairpin agility” (Chicago Classical Review), Mayuga is a two-time top prizewinner and special prize awardee of the Philippine National Music Competition for Young Artists. She is an active orchestral and chamber music performer in the Philippines and the United States, with concert engagements including appearances with the Filipino-American Music Foundation, Chicago’s WFMT radio station, 98.7 DZFE (the Filipino classical radio station), the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manila Pianos Artist Series and Ayala Museum’s Youth on Stage concert series.
Mayuga graduated from the University of South Florida, where she led the USF Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster and obtained a master’s degree in chamber music. She also holds a master’s degree in violin performance from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of the Philippines. Her primary teachers include Carolyn Stuart, Olga Kaler and Arturo Molina. Her other interests include digital illustration, archery, Japanese rock music and visiting museums.