Latin-American vocalist, cellist, and pedagogue Andreina Kasper began her formal music training under her mother, María Antonieta Salas, at the age of twelve years old. She attended the prestigious New World School of the Arts in Miami, where she studied cello under Aaron Merrit. In 2010, she was the principal cellist at the International Music Festival in Philadelphia, where she was coached by members of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra such as: Kimberly Fischer and Udi-Bar David. In Miami, she participated in a series of master classes dictated at Florida International University where she worked with renowned violinist Laura Bossert (2016). She has also preformed with many internationally acclaimed artists at the Latin Grammys, Billboard Awards, Lo Nuestro Awards, and Premios Juventud. She has worked with a plethora of celebrities such as Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Andrea Bocelli, Marc Anthony, Jeniffer Lopez, Il Volo, Ruben Studdard, David Bisbal, Alejandro Fernandez, Luis Fonsi, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Oscar D’Leon. As a recording artist, she has also performed for several soap operas by Telemundo and Univision, for two participating movies at the Cannes Film Festival and for Micro-Teatro Miami. As a vocalist, Ms. Kasper has portrayed lead roles such as “Janet” from Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Emcee” from Cabaret, “Antonia” from Man of la Mancha, and most recently debuted in two different productions of Once the Musical as “Bank Manager,” in various regional theaters in Florida and Connecticut. In 2013, she was invited to sing at the Miami Life Awards and the World Out Games where she received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Major of Miami because of herartistic influence in the city. Her voice instructors have been Karen Hall, Carlo Gazanini and Mary Walkley. Ms. Kasper currently studies under Angela Gooch at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Her acting coach has been Wayne LeGette and her piano teachers Odar Graterol and Javier Sardinas. She has studied cello with María Salas, Konstatine Litnevenko, and most recently with Dr. Terry King.
Doris Stevenson has won lavish praise from critics and public alike in performances around the world. She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Wahington D.C., Salle Pleyel in Paris, Sala de Musica Arango in Bogota, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Her acute sensitivity and musicianship have made her a sought-after partner with some of the leading lights in string playing. She has performed with Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier, great players of the past. Early in her career she was invited by Heifetz and Piatigorsky to perform with them in their chamber concerts. She was pianist for the cello master classes of Piatigorsky, who described her as “an artist of the highest order.”
Her many recordings include the Saint Saens violin sonatas with Andres Cardenes, the complete Mendelssohn cello works with Jeffrey Solow and the Brahms cello sonatas with Nathaniel Rosen. Her Stravinsky CD with violinist Mark Peskanov received a Grammy nomination. Miss Stevenson taught for ten years at the University of Southern California and has been Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence at Williams College since 1987.
Cellist Tyler James got his musical start attending the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts while working on his private teacher’s farm to pay for lessons. Tyler toured as principal cellist of the 2018 National Revival Tour of Miss Saigon. He has performed in venues across the globe including Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Radio City Music Hall, Mirabell Palace, the Kimmel Center, and the Boston Opera House. Tyler was recently featured in the Boston Globe for his performance of the Brahms B-Flat Sextet in Cambridge‘s Courtyard Concert Series. Tyler has performed chamber music with artists including Doris Stevenson, Peter Zazofsky, Andrés Càrdenes, Karen Dreyfus, and members of the Horzowski Trio. Tyler is currently a member of the Longy School‘s Intercultural Music Initiative String Quartet with Professor Sean Wang. As a soloist, Tyler has performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the NYU Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Adam Glaser and the Tan Dun Cello Concerto Snow in June with the NYU Percussion Ensemble under Jonathan Haas. He has had the honor of collaborating with Jessie Montgomery, Eve Beglarian, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Andrew Kozar, Amanda Berlind, and George Katehis on their music. Tyler recently performed Dina Pruzhansky’s Piano Trio Sound of the Land on her 92nd Street Y faculty concert.Tyler earned his Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude on full scholarship from New York University where he studied cello performance and political science. He has performed in masterclasses for cellists Alisa Weilerstein, Mark Kosower, Hans Jensen, Paul Watkins, Colin Carr, Bonnie Hampton, Natasha Brofsky, and Julian Schwarz. His primary cello influences have been Leslie Frittelli, Marion Feldman, Myron Lutzke and Ko Iwasaki. Tyler has held residencies with both the Ēnso String Quartet and the Zodiac Trio and has been coached by the likes of Joseph Lin, Paul Neubauer, Stephanie Chase, Giora Schmidt, Astrid Schween, and Laura Bossert. Tyler is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma with Dr. Terry King, protegé of the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky, at the Longy School of Music Of Bard College as a Kristen Mortimer Scholar.