Hawaiian pianist, Maikaʻi Nash, is from an exciting new generation of vocal coaches and pianists in North America. Previously a vocal coach and répétiteur in Toronto and Bogotá, Colombia, he has now come home to collaborate and work in the beautiful capital city of Hawaii, Honolulu. He was recently announced as Co-Artistic Director of HIarts Lab, a performing arts group aspiring to break down performing traditions and creating collaborative pieces putting together multiple art-forms for new sounds and experiences.
Maikaʻi has worked with a number of opera companies including the Canadian Opera Company, Teatro Colón, Teatro Mayor, Opera de Colombia, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Lyra, Opera 5, Hawaii Opera Theatre, SOLT, Cowtown Opera, Opera Tchai and on a 20-city tour with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. He has also been engaged as the official accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions for a number of years and has also collaborated and recorded with renowned singers such as Richard Margison, Quinn Kelsey, Audrey Luna, Barry Banks, Mark Doss, Leslie-Ann Bradley & Martha Senn.
An avid educator, Maikaʻi has been on faculty at the COSI Opera Festival in Sulmona, International Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal, Summer Opera Lyric Theater in Toronto and the Orford Centre for the Arts in Orford, Quebec. He has given masterclasses in the United States, Canada, Colombia and in Europe.
Art-song remains a great love and focus in Maikaʻi's career with time spent in Vienna and Paris studying German lied and French mélodie. He plans to bring more art-song to Honolulu with a mixture of traditional and untraditional settings as well as interesting venues and mixed-art-form collaborations to help bring a new spin to audiences.
Maikaʻi has performed in a number of renowned masterclass series with international artists that include: Christine Goerke, Barbara Bonney, Elly Ameling, Joan Dornemann, Julius Drake, Edith Wiens, Cynthia Hoffman, Helmut Deutsch, Rudolf Jansen, Robert Holl, Wendy Nielsen, Laura Claycomb & Denise Massé, among others. He has studied in Austria, France, Canada and the United States Growing up in Hawaii, Maikaʻi studied with Ernest Chang and debuted with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11.