Violinist Dana Maiben, hailed by the Boston Globe for her "supremely joyous artistry," is founding music director of Foundling Baroque Orchestra and Women's Advocacy Project, now in its seventh season. Called "high priestess of the Italian 17th century solo" by Continuo Magazine, Dana earned international recognition for her performances of the 17th century violin and ensemble repertory as a founder member of the ground-breaking Concerto Castello, concertizing throughout Europe and North America and winning a nomination for the Deutsches Schallplatten Preis for their debut album, Affetti Musicali. In 2002 Maiben launched a new ensemble for 17th century music, Concerto Incognito.
Dana is a founder member of the new 5-part string band, Quince, and frequently performs with her principal teacher, Dutch violinist Jaap Schroeder, and in duo with harpsichordist Arthur Haas. As a collaborative musician, Maiben has appeared with such ensembles as Chatham Baroque, Les Coucous Bénévoles, Brooklyn Bound, Eastman Baroque Ensemble, Ensemble for Early Music, Hesperus, Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, Pegasus, Repast, Boston Camerata, Tapestry, and Sequentia. Dana has served as concertmaster for Apollo Ensemble, Arcadia Players, Ensemble Abendmusik, American Opera Theater, and for the New York Collegium under the direction of Christophe Rousset, Martin Gester, Paul Goodwin, and Andrew Parrott. Dana made her professional conducting debut in 1993 with Handel's Acis and Galatea, directed Genesee Baroque Players in over 30 touring concert programs, and has guest directed orchestras in Atlanta, Ann Arbor, Amherst, Cambridge, Ithaca, Rochester, Saint Paul, and Toronto. Recording credits include projects for Centaur, Dorian, Deutsches Harmonia Mundi, EMI, fuga libera, and Hyperion.
Dana began her early music studies while an undergraduate at Oberlin Conservatory, and continued at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She holds a BA cum laude from Smith College earned the Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has been a fellow at Atlantic Center for the Arts. She counts Jimmy Caldwell, Tom Binkley, Andrea von Ramm, Jaap Schroeder and Lou Harrison as important mentors. Dana has served on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music, the International Baroque Institute at Longy, Pinewoods Early Music Week, and Amherst Early Music Festival's Baroque Academy. Since 1989, Dana has been a member of the early music faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she teaches baroque violin, chamber music, improvisation, and medieval, renaissance and baroque performance practice, coaches singers, and occasionally directs opera. Her own opera, Look and Long, based on the play by Gertrude Stein, was presented in staged workshop at Smith College in 1998.