Violinist Maria Arrua leads an active career performing and teaching in the Greater Chicago area. She currently serves as Concertmaster of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra as well as Second Violin Section for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Arrua has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay, Orchestra of the Congress of Paraguay, Symphony Orchestra of the City of Asuncion, Chamber Orchestra of the Municipality of Asuncion, Chicago Sinfonietta, University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra, State College Summer Orchestra, and 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 the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, 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.