Maya's musical renown was already set in motion tow
years later, when she won the Best Musician Award in
Syria's youth national music competition.
In 2007 Maya completed her BA in Music from the
High Institute of Music & Theatrical Arts in Damascus,
where she was trained in classical Arabic, Western,
and Azerbaijani KANUN schools by the masters
of these schools: Salim Sarwa from Syria, Almira
Akhondova from Azerbaijan.
Also, Maya went to expand her musical skills with
the masters of Turkish Kanun :Khalil karaduman &
Parallel to her music studies, she obtained a BA
degree in English Literature from the University
of Damascus in 2011.
With her talent gaining international prominence,
Maya gave vibrant solo performances and founded
the Syrian Female Orientale Group (SFOG) in 2003,
along with five of her musician colleagues. The
SFOG regularly performed at many important
events in Syria, as well as in distinguished Asian
and European cities. The inspiring and inspired
group took their music to Dubai, Beijing, Bologna,
Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Athens among other
In 2007, Maya moved to Dubai to focus on her solo
career. Eminent venues that have hosted Maya's
KANUN performances include Al Qasba Sharjah, The
Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Foundation in Dubai, and Burj
As a high-profile and acclaimed KANUN expert,
Maya was invited in 2009 to teach at Oman's Sultan
Qaboos University in the Department of Music and
Musicology, Which is part of the College of Arts &
Social Sciences. Until December 2011, she taught
KANUN and Theory of Arabic Music there.
In early 2012, Arts Council of England recognized
Maya as an Exceptional Talent, which has enabled her
to come to the UK to develop her international career.
Maya continues to expand her performance portfolio,
to introduce KANUN to new audiences, and to
experiment in exciting collaborations. She is now
sharing her unique talents and expertise as a leading
KANUN player with audiences in the UK.