Maya Lončar is an award winning Croatian-American guitarist with a passion for performing and teaching while carrying an energy that commands attention on any stage. She began her studies at the age of six with her father and has since then been invited as a guest artist for multiple concerts and festivals throughout Europe and America. She has performed as a guitarist and a violinist in a multitude of prestigious venues, including three separate performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Maya holds top prizes from competitions including the Appalachian State Guitar Festival Competition, the Charlottesville Guitar Festival Competition, and the Southern Guitar Festival Competition. In February of 2020, she was runner-up for the Eastman Concerto Competition where she performed Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Concerto for Guitar. She has also had the pleasure of working closely with some of the world's most legendary guitarists such as David Russell, Pepe Romero, and Berta Rojas. In addition to her solo career, she is also an experienced chamber musician, having most recently performed in a concert tour with her trio, Triple Tango.
Maya is an active teacher and advocate of music in her community of Rochester, New York. She teaches at Aria’s School of Music and Arts and at the University of Rochester as a graduate assistant for both music theory and guitar. Maya is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music with Nicholas Goluses. Her past teachers include Julian Gray at the Shenandoah Conservatory, and her father, Miroslav Lončar.