Travis Maril is Lecturer and Studio Artist Teacher of Viola at San Diego State University, where he coordinates the String Division, and Adjunct Viola Faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University. He also serves as Co-Director of the SDSU String Academy. In the summers he teaches at the San Diego Summer Music Institute.
Mr. Maril's students have held principal positions in the San Diego Youth Symphony and have attended Itzhak Perlman's Music Program, Music Academy of the West and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. They have gone on to study or gained admission to prestigious institutions including The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Indiana University, the University of North Texas, and the Cincinnati Conservatory.
A passionate chamber musician, Mr. Maril won a top prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and had performances broadcast on "Performance Today." He has performed with the Miró Quartet, concertmasters of the Cleveland Orchestra, LA Philharmonic and Rochester Philharmonic, principal players in the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and San Diego Symphonies, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Festival appearances include Ojai, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, and multiple times for the Mainly Mozart Festival and La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest.
Locally he appears often with Art of Elan, Camarada, the Five Ensemble, the chamber orchestra Renga and as a substitute with the San Diego Symphony. For several years he performed and recorded with local band The Tree Ring, whose debut album won a San Diego Music Award. In addition he has been an active performer of musical theatre at the Old Globe and Civic Theaters, performing on the original productions of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" and Steve Martin's "Bright Star". In the pop realm he has shared the stage with Christina Aguilera, Belle & Sebastian, and Idina Menzel. He was the solo violin and violist for the critically acclaimed film "Short Term 12".
As a soloist he has been a winner of the La Jolla Young Artist Competition and Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, the latter win resulting in a performance of Walter Piston's Viola Concerto with the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra. He has toured Europe with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra and been awarded fellowships to the Aspen and Bowdoin Music Festivals, the Emerson String Quartet Workshop, the Banff Institute, New York String Seminar and Music Academy of the West.
Mr. Maril earned his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Southern California's Thorton School of Music, where he was a Trustee Scholar and selected as an Outstanding Graduate, and his M.M. from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. His principal viola teachers included Jeffrey Irvine, Ralph Fielding, Karen Ritscher, Brian Chen and Donald McInnes. His chamber music mentors include James Dunham, Norman Fischer and Peter Marsh with additional coachings and masterclasses with members of the Guarneri, Orion, Takacs, Ysaye and Juilliard Quartets.