Maya Shenfeld (b.1989, Jerusalem) is a Berlin-based composer, sound artist, and guitarist. Her works span from electroacoustic compositions, sound installations and ensemble pieces to performing as a classical, experimental and rock guitarist. In her practice, Shenfeld explores the intersection between modes of musical production used in experimental and popular music. Her interests lie in the embodiment of the listening experience, researching temporality, deep listening, just intonation, and microtonality.
Shenfeld’s works have been presented internationally, most recently in the Trostraßen Festival 2019 (Volksbühne, Berlin), Centrala Art Gallery (Birmingham, UK), Kunst Werke, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Ableton Loop Festival, Klangwerkstatt Festival for Neue Musik (Berlin), and the North-Western University, Chicago. As a guitarist, Shenfeld performed in numerous renowned concert halls, among them the Tel-Aviv Museum of the Arts, the Konzerthaus, Neuköllner Oper, and Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
Maya Shenfeld is an alumni of Amplify Berlin, a residency program designed to support emerging Berlin-based musicians. During September 2018 she worked as an artist at in residence at ACUD Macht Neu, under the mentorship of Caterina Barbieri. In May 2019 Shenfeld produced and led, in collaboration with the Schinkel Pavillon, e.V., a performance of Julius Eastman's Gay Guerrilla by an ensemble of 16 women playing electric guitar and bass. The event was featured as the opening event of the Schinkel Pavillon's event series Disappearing Berlin. During the summer of 2019, Shenfeld worked as an artist in residence at EMS Stockholm, her residency supported by the Goethe Institute Sweden.
Shenfeld is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin, where she completed an MA in classical guitar and contemporary music composition. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship, the DAAD scholarship, a special grant from the University of the Arts Berlin.