Kristina Reiko Cooper passionately embraces her art. Her newest recording project, the groundbreaking and thrilling Stone and Steel, offers a scintillating combination of the ancient and the modern. Scored for cello, piano and percussion, Kristina and her brilliant colleagues re-work some of the very old classics –Gregorian chants, songs of the ever popular Elizabethan composer John Dowland and the haunting aria from Dido and Aeneus, Dido’s Lament.
The enchanting Award winning cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper has won widespread acclaim for her musical versatility, her virtuosity, her charismatic stage presence and her passionate intensity. Hailed by the New York Times as “sensational in concert” and as a “striking virtuoso” by the Los Angeles Times, Kristina has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on many of the world’s most distinguished stages including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall of Tokyo, Radio France in Paris and appearances with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony and the Tokyo Yomiuri Symphony. Among the composers that she has worked with are Phillip Glass, Mario Davidovsky, Josef Bardanashvili, and Roberto Sierra.
As a chamber musician, Kristina received the Walter M. Naumburg Chamber Music Award first prize. She has been a member of many renowned ensembles, including the internationally acclaimed Quartetto Gelato. She is also the musical co-director of The Israel Chamber Music Society.
She was featured in the widely broadcast Quartetto Gelato-A Concert in Wine Country, and recently released a solo recital DVD through Amadeus Press. Kristina has been heard often on National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and NHK in Japan as well as in television broadcasts for CNN, PBS, CBC Television, CBS’s 60 Minutes. Kristina received her bachelors and masters degrees in music and her doctorate of musical arts from The Juilliard School where she studied with Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann and Felix Galimir.