Kristina Reiko Cooper



Cello virtuoso, Kristina Reiko Cooper, has won worldwide acclaim for her musical diversity, artistry, and charismatic stage presence. 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 with the world’s most distinguished orchestras.

Ms. Cooper is often heard performing music of our time and was recently named Co- Director of the New York based new music group, Continuum. She has had many works written and commissioned for her by composers including Philip Glass, Mario Davidovsky, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tania Leon, Kenji Bunch, Josef Bardanashvili and Benjamin Yusupov. She has toured worldwide to great acclaim under the baton of Tan Dun, in his multimedia cello concerto, The Map, and his Water Passion.

In November of 2022, Ms. Cooper performed as the soloist in the world premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Vessels of ‘Light’, dedicated to Chiune Sugihara and commissioned by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, and the American Society of Yad Vashem. The US premiere of the work took place on April 19, 2023, before a sold out audience in Carnegie Hall under the baton of Maestro Constantine Orbelian.

Kristina also appears as the star of a new documentary currently in development with Mark Wahlberg’s company, Unrealistic Ideas, entitled “A Symphony for Sugihara”.

Kristina Reiko Cooper received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, as well as her doctorate of musical arts from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Joel Krosnick. She is currently a visiting professor at the Buchmann Mehta School at Tel Aviv University. Very active philanthropically, she is Vice Chair of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and sits on the board of the Charney Forum for New Diplomacy.

Kristina plays on the 1743 Ex-Havermeyer G.B. Guadagnini cello and lives with her husband and three children in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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