A passionate chamber musician and teacher, violist Travis Maril has been described as playing with “persuasive, stylish ardor” (San Diego Reader). Travis is a Lecturer in Viola at San Diego State University, where he coordinates the String Division and serves as Co-Director of the SDSU String Academy for pre-college students. In the summers he has taught in Italy at the Interharmony Music Festival and locally for the San Diego Summer Music Institute at SDSU.
A Trustee Scholar and Outstanding Graduate of the University of Southern California, Mr. Maril received full scholarships both to USC and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where he did his graduate work. He later won a top prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and had performances broadcast on "Performance Today" with the Hyperion Quartet. His chamber music collaborators include the Miró Quartet, concertmasters of the Cleveland Orchestra, LA Philharmonic and Rochester Philharmonic, principal players in the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and San Diego Symphonies, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Festival appearances include Ojai, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, and repeat appearances with the Mainly Mozart Festival and La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest.
In the pop realm he has shared the stage with Christina Aguilera, Belle & Sebastian, and Idina Menzel. He has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the composer and songwriter Joel P. West and performed as solo violinist and violist for many of his scores, including the critically-acclaimed "Short Term 12," "I Am Not a Hipster," "Grandma," and episodes of "Chef's Table" on Netflix.