Violinist Maria Arrua leads an active career performing and teaching in the Greater Chicago area. She currently serves as a Violin Fellow in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as Section violin in the Illinois and Elgin Symphony Orchestras. Arrua has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay, the Orchestra of the Congress of Paraguay, the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Asuncion, the Chamber Orchestra of the Municipality of Asuncion, the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the State College Summer Orchestra, and the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed with the symphony orchestras of Paraguay, Illinois, Grant Park, Mississippi, Baton Rouge, Champaign, and Acadiana, as well as Sinfonia da Camera and the Louisiana Sinfonietta.
Born in Paraguay, Ms. Arrua began her musical training at the age 10 at the National Conservatory of Music of Paraguay. During her studies at the Conservatory, Ms. Arrua served as Assistant Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Louisiana State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance studying under Dr. Lin He. Following that, she continued her graduate studies in performance at Pennsylvania State University working with Prof. James Lyon. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Violin Performance at the University of Illinois, studying under Prof. Nelson Lee and the Jupiter String Quartet.
She has performed in several music festivals, including the David Kim Orchestral Institute, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Grant Park Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Castleman Quartet Program and Festival Nas Montanhas.