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New CD from Acclaimed Cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper Will Be Released May 10

April 5, 2016 | By Keith Sherman & Associates Public Relations
The new CD from acclaimed cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, will be released by Roven Records this spring. With an official release date** of May 10, “Around the World with Love” is a collection of love songs from all corners of the globe: America, Brazil, France, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia and Spain. Produced by Glen Roven and performed by Cooper with Or Matias at the piano, and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, “Around the World with Love” features 14 tracks:

1. Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) - Spain; 2. Les Chemins De L’amour (The Paths of Love) - France; 3. Manhã De Carnaval (Morning of Carnival) - Brazil; 4. You Deserve A Prince - USA; 5. I Could Have Danced All Night - USA; 6. Raga - India; 7. Après Un Rêve (After A Dream) - France; 8. Yoimachigusa (Evening Primrose) - Japan; 9. Vu Iz Dos Gesele (Where is the Little Street) –Yiddish; 10. Vocalise - Russia; 11. My Beloved – Israel; 12. Besame Mucho (Kiss Me a Lot) - Mexico; 13. Emmanuel - France; 14. Silent Song - Georgia.

"Love songs are the most sublime expression of song; every country, every culture has its own ubiquitous collection of love songs,” says Kristina Reiko Cooper. “It is fascinating how each country’s songs of love so aptly illustrate its national characteristics and charms. The French are elegant in their reserved lyricism, the Americans, optimistic, the Japanese quietly tragic, and the hotter countries, passionate and sultry. I am Japanese-American, Israeli, and recently converted to Orthodox Judaism. My cello and I have traveled the globe, so this project speaks to my diversity both musically and culturally.”

Kristina Reiko Cooper has an extensive discography of CD and DVD recordings, including many best-sellers. She has released over two dozen recordings for Arabesque, Pony Canyon Records, Helicon Records, Linus Records and CP2, and 5 DVDs for Fuji Records. In addition to her recent solo recording “Stone and Steel,” Kristina Reiko Cooper was featured in the widely broadcast “Quartetto Gelato-A Concert in Wine Country,” and recently released a solo recital DVD through Amadeus Press. Cooper has been heard often on National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NHK in Japan, KBS in Korea, WNYC and WQXR in New York City, as well as in television broadcasts for CNN, PBS, CBC Television, CBS’s “60 Minutes,” national Chinese Television, KBS Television in Korea, Fuji Television and NHK Television in Japan.

Mitch Yuspeh and Ira Yuspeh are the executive producers for “Around the World with Love,” which was recorded and mixed at M & I Studios, NYC.

** Official release date is May 10. Online release date is April 29. Available for pre-order from Amazon and iTunes in early April.

ABOUT KRISTINA REIKO COOPER:

Cello virtuoso Kristina Reiko Cooper has won world-wide acclaim for her musical diversity, artistry and charismatic stage presence. Known for traversing musical genres, she first established her career as a classical artist. Hailed by?The New York Times as “sensational in concert” and as a “striking virtuoso” by the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Cooper 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.

Her many festival appearances include The Lincoln Center Summer Festival, Mostly Mozart, Musicians from Marlboro, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Stresa International Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and Spoleto Festival USA. Ms. Cooper recently made her solo Carnegie Hall Debut with the Tel Aviv Academy Orchestra.

An enthusiast of new, popular and contemporary works, Kristina Reiko Cooper is well known for her adventurousness. She has had many original works written and commissioned for her. Among the composers that Ms. Cooper has worked with are Phillip Glass, Mario Davidovsky, Josef Bardanashvili and Roberto Sierra.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Cooper 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, The Whitman String Quartet, Opus X and Intersection. She was also the musical director of The Israel Chamber?Music Society.

Cooper has an extensive discography of CD and DVD recordings, including many best-sellers. She has released over two dozen recordings for Arabesque, Pony Canyon Records, Helicon Records, Linus Records and CP2, and 5 DVDs for Fuji Records. In addition to her recent solo recording “Stone and Steel,” Reiko Cooper 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, NHK in Japan, KBS in Korea, WNYC and WQXR in New York City, as well as in television broadcasts for CNN, PBS, CBC Television, CBS’s “60 Minutes,” national Chinese Television, KBS Television in Korea, Fuji Television and NHK Television in Japan.

Currently a visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University, Kristina Reiko Cooper studied with Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann and Felix Galimir. She performs on a 1786 William Forester Cello.

Born into a family of musicians – her father, Rex Cooper, is a pianist and professor at Pacific University in California; her mother, Mutsuko Tatman, is a violinist with the Phoenix Opera and the Tucson Symphony; her grandfather, composer Tomojiro Ikenouchi, was the first Japanese person to study at the Paris Conservatory in France, and was awarded the Legion of Honeur for revolutionizing music education in Japan by introducing French methods of teaching solfège and harmony; and her grandmother was an opera singer. Cooper currently lives in Israel and New York with her husband and three children.

For more information and high-res images visit www.KristinaReikoCooper.com

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