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The Gold Coast Arts Center is proud to host so many accomplished artists from across all disciplines, who share their talents in educating and inspiring our students. All of our teaching artists are working professionals in their respective fields.
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Instructor Spotlight: Maya Nova
Maya Nova, who teaches voice, guitar and piano lessons and the Jazz Vocal Workshop at the Gold Coast Arts Center, is a soulful jazz vocalist born in Bulgaria, who spent a good part of her performing career in Singapore and currently lives in New York City.
In the early part of her music career in Bulgaria, she performed with several leading funk, pop and jazz groups. She appeared at the Sofia Jazz Fall Festival and on the popular TV program Todor Kolev’s Night Show. Nova was also a finalist at two Voice Competitions for young talents: “Golden Orpheus” and “Star Moments”, where she performed with the Bulgarian National Radio Big Band.
In 1998, Nova moved on to tour Europe: Denmark, Norway, England, Cypress and in 2002 she moved to Singapore, where she lived for 10 years. There, she established herself as one of the sought after jazz vocalists, appearing at concerts, festivals, clubs and events not only in Singapore but also in Malaysia, India, China and South Korea.
In 2012 Maya Nova moved to New York to pursue a Master Degree at the Jazz Vocal Performance Program at Queens College, where she successfully graduated in 2014. Since 2013 Nova has lead her trio which feature John Di Martino (piano), Peter Slavov (bass), and Alexandre Kautz (drums). Some of the jazz venues she has appeared in NYC are: Zinc Bar, Jazz at Kitano, Zeb’s, Café Vivaldi, Whynot Jazz Room, Chez Lucianne, Somethin’ Jazz Club, Club Macanudo, Flatiron Room etc.
Nova has released two albums: Open in 2010, and Days, recorded in New York with her trio and released in June 2015. More information about her music can be found at mayanova.com.