MARYAM HAJIALIGOL is an award-winning classical guitarist, using her passion for performance and her experience in education to promote guitar in the world of classical music and beyond. She has given performances at diverse venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the U.S. Department of Education. Her experience in education and the public sector includes time working for the Aspen Music Festival & School’s Afterworks program, the nonprofit organization Lead Guitar, the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s Education Program, the Yale University Music in Schools Initiative, and the City of New Haven Department of Arts & Culture. In addition, she is a published arranger for guitar, most recently having been commissioned by the Guitar Foundation of America to contribute an arrangement for their Spotlight Series which highlights works by composers of color.
Maryam completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Jason Vieaux and Colin Davin; she received her Master of Music degree studying with Benjamin Verdery at the Yale School of Music. She is originally from the Washington, D.C. metro area and is now living in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently on the faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, the Smith School of Music, and the Ezra Guitar School.