Whilst attending her local high school in Tasmania, Maraika was told that the French horn was ‘too difficult’ and was given a trombone to play for a year before finally switching to the horn at the age of 14.
She first encountered the horn whilst attending one of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s children’s concerts at the age of 11. Although determined to not enjoy this so-called 'boring' school excursion, she was intrigued by the Orchestra and specifically remembered the horn. Little did she know that ten years after this experience she would actually play with the TSO and even perform as a soloist in a similar children's concert after winning the 2017 TSO’s Rising Star competition. Her other memorable experiences include being involved with the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, Australian Youth Orchestra programs, The Discovery Orchestra and Hobart Chamber Orchestra.
In 2017 Maraika completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Tasmania where she studied with Roger Jackson and Geoff Lierse. Maraika has been training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) since 2018.
Maraika is incredibly excited to play music with other passionate musicians and looks forward to learning from the great array of faculty and guest artists involved with ANAM in 2019.
IN MARAIKA'S WORDS
“Since I discovered horn, there was no going back; TSO’s concert inspired me to pick up this instrument, and soon I realised that I couldn’t live without music.”
Photo by Pia Johnson