Cellist Maaike Harding, originally from Troy, Michigan, received her Master’s of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Desmond Hoebig. Miss Harding has received many top prizes, including the Louis Potter Scholarship, Michigan American String Teachers Award, and the Rochester Symphony Concerto Competition. In 2000, Maaike and her two sisters formed the Harding Trio, which received top prizes in the National Fischoff Chamber Competition, senior division, and the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition. In 2005, the trio received the prestigious Bennet Levine Memorial Chamber Music Award from CIM. In 2006, she joined the Wo-men quartet, which was selected to perform in the Kennedy Center for the “Conservatory Project,” and gave a solo chamber recital sponsored by The Cleveland Chamber Society.
Maaike Harding has performed in masterclasses given by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Wielerstein, Joseph Silverstein, Joel Krosnick, Norman Fischer, and Timothy Eddy. During the summer, she has attended Music Academy of the West (where she received the Cello Fellowship Award), Aspen Music Festival and School (where she received a one-year fellowship), and Perlman Chamber Music Program. Ms. Harding received her bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron.