Latin-American vocalist, cellist, pianist, 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 Miami, She has worked with a plethora of celebrities such as Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Karol G, Daddy Yankee, 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.
A dedicated teacher, she has been instructing piano, cello and voice for over 12 years. Several of her vocal students have participated in competitions such as The Voice Kids, America’s Got Talent (Golden Buzzer-Angelina Green), and the Big Dreams Competition in Miami.
José Antonio Guédez
Nace en San Felipe, estado Yaracuy e inicia sus estudios de violín a la edad de 8 años, bajo la tutela del maestro Samuel Parra en la Escuela de Música Blanca Estrella de Mescoli.
La formación de su carrera como violinista continuó bajo la preparación y la guía de los maestros Raúl Rodríguez, Jesus Sira, Geronimo Isturiz, Rhio Sánchez, Francisco Diaz, Sergio Celis y Luis Miguel Gonzales, participando ademas en diferentes Cursos de Verano organizados por la Academia Latinoamericana De Violín, donde tuvo la oportunidad de recibir clases con maestros de la talla de Alvaro Lares, Victor Vivas, Pablo Vasquez, Roberto Valdés, Ana Beatriz Manzanilla, Rhio Sánchez, Alejandro Mendoza, Francisco Diaz y el reconocido maestro Jose Francisco Del Castillo.
Fue miembro activo de la cátedra de Música de Cámara de la profesora Evelyn Soteldo en el Conservatorio de Música Vicente Emilio Sojo de la Ciudad de Barquisimeto.
Alternando la ejecución instrumental con la enseñanza, obtiene en el año 2010 el titulo de Docente en Educación Musical en la Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador, "UPEL".
En su trayectoria musical desde temprana edad ha estado siempre presente la actividad orquestal, formando parte de importantes y reconocidas agrupaciones como lo son:
La Sinfónica Infantil y Juvenil del Estado Yaracuy, Sinfónica del Estado Yaracuy, Sinfónica Juvenil del Estado Lara, Sinfónica del Estado Lara, Sinfonica Infantil de Venezuela y la Youth Orchestra Of The Américas (YOA) en su edición 2.005 y 2.006 representando a Venezuela como principal de la fila de segundos violines en giras internacionales en Europa y Suramérica.
Fue integrante de la fila de segundos violines de la Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela, dirigida por el Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, con la cual participó en conciertos y compromisos internacionales en países como Suecia, Rusia, Noruega, Grecia, España, Colombia, Brasil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Austria, Inglaterra, Turquía, Suiza, Estados Unidos, Holanda, República Dominicana, Los Emiratos Árabes, Bélgica, Alemania, Luxemburgo, Francia e Italia.
Actualmente reside en el Estado de la Florida en la ciudad de Miami donde hace vida artística como músico invitado con las orquestas Space Coast Symphony Orchestra bajo la dirección de del Maestro Aaron Collins, The Villages Phillarmonie Orchestra bajo la dirección del Maestro Pasquale Valerio y Charlotte Symphony Orchestra en la ciudad de Punta Gorda, también es colaborador en la Orquesta Sinfónica de la universidad Miami Dade College bajo la dirección del Maestro Alberto Bade, es preparador orquestal de la orquesta de cuerdas del Internacional School of Music bajo la dirección de la Maestra Maria Salas, es integrante de la fila de Violines de la orquesta de cámara Kameristika Chamber Orchestra bajo la preparación del Maestro German Marcano y forma parte de la fila, es el primer violín del cuarteto de cuerdas Exodus Quartet, recientemente acaba de recibir un Emmy Award por su participación en tributo y grabación de las obras de “The Jackie Gleason Show”
Zulgui Concepción was born in Punto Fijo, Falcón State, Venezuela. She commenced her violin studies at an early age, becoming a member of the National System of Youth and Children ́s Choirs and Orchestras of Venezuela. She continued her music education at the Santa Ana de Coro Music Conservatory, later becoming a first violin player with the Falcón State Symphony Orchestra, ultimately playing as soloist.
Along with her work as a violin player, she has served as a teacher since 1998 at the Paraguaná Music Conservatory; and then, in 1999, she performs that function at the Santa Ana de Coro Music Conservatory. Additionally, she has been instructor for the violin section of the Falcón State Children's and Youth Orchestras, an experience that gained her an excellent reputation and allowed her to be invited to be part of the teaching staff for more than eighteen consecutive years.
She has been under the baton of great conductors such as Maestro Gustavo Dudamel (director of the Los Angeles Symphony), Maestro Sung Kwak, Maestro David Rahn, Maestro Helmut Relling, Maestro César Iván Lara (director of the Mendoza Symphony Orchestra, Argentina), Maestro Joshua Dosantos, Maestro Rafael Payares, among others.
Together with the Falcón Symphony Orchestra, she had outstanding performances as a soloist, masterfully executing works such as: Concerto for 4 Violins in B Minor by Antonio Vivaldi; Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, and Concerto in A Minor by Sebastian Bach;
La Legende Opus 7 by Henryk Wieniawski, and Violin Concerto in E minor by Félix Mendelssohn, earning praise from her audience and congratulations from the great masters of the Orchestra.
As of August 2021, she decides to settle in the city of Miami, United States of America. She began her work as a volunteer music and violin teacher at the prestigious MIAMI YOUTH ORCHESTRA foundation, under the academic direction of Maestro María Antonieta Salas, training dozens of children in the violin and viola chairs. This outstanding contribution led her to recently receive, in 2022, an offer to be a fellow of main group of tutors and teachers of this foundation, thus dedicating herself to the musical training of new talented performers.
Moana Fujiwara is a sixteen-year-old Japanese American violinist and pianist. She commenced her violin studies at age three with Artistic Director Maria Salas, founder of the Miami Youth Orchestra and the International School of Music. At five years old, she started piano studies with Andreina Kasper, a graduate of the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
She has performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and at Young Bohemia Prague Festival in the Czech Republic in Europe. In 2018 she won the Young Talent Big Dreams Competition in piano and the 2017, 2018 group instrumental competition. Most importantly, Moana Fujiwara has been an indispensable member of the Miami Youth Orchestra as soloist and coach, collaborating in numerous concerts and rehearsals, elevating, improving, and enlarging the sound of the orchestra.
Modesto Marcano Modesto Marcano studied at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory in Venezuela and Duquesne University In Pittsburgh PA, USA. Marcano is Principal Violist at the Kravis Pops Orchestra in Palm Beach Florida and Violist of Stratus4 Quartet. As a freelancer Violist he performs with many Artists and Orchestras such as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony, Joshua Bell, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Michael Feinstein, and Luke Frazier among many others
Venezuelan violist, conductor, columnist and pedagogue Aleksandre Roderick-Lorenz hails from Caracas where his musical foundation began under the auspices of the famed "El Sistema" organisation. A versatile musician, Roderick-Lorenz enjoys a dynamic career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He is a member of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) and is principal violist of the Lyrica Boston Chamber Orchestra. In the summer months, he leads the viola section of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Summer Philharmonic.
He has collaborated with an extensive artistic roster such as Andrea Bocelli, Plácido Domingo, Paloma San Basilio, Ruben Studdard, Celtic Woman, Johnny Mathis, Laura Pausini, Natalie Cole, Oscar D'Leon, Franco de Vita, Peter Schickele, the Electric Light Orchestra andIl Volo. He has made appearances in Latin America, Europe and the U.S. An avid soloist, he has appeared in concerts with orchestras from New World School of the Arts (1st Prize, Concerto Laureate 2012), Florida International University, Miami Dade College Film Scoring Orchestra and Wind Symphony (1st Prize, Concerto Laureate 2015), the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra (1stPrize, Concerto Laureate 2019) and most recently with the Lyrica Boston Chamber Orchestra. His eclectic career has encompassed performances at the Latin Grammy, Billboard Music Awards, Premios Juventud, Miami Life Awards, Lo Nuestro Awards and numerous televised appearances for Venevision, America TV, Ávila TV, Mega TV, Telemundo and Univision.
A sought-after teacher, he has served on the faculties of Miami's ViolaFest from New World School of the Arts, Miami Dade College Honors Music Festival and Arts Ahimsa. Most recently, Mr. Roderick-Lorenz joined the faculties of the Wayland School of Music, Dana Hall, Community Music Center of Boston and NoteWorthy Experiences. In Syracuse, he worked as the Viola Teaching Assistant to renowned violinist Laura Bossert at the Setnor School of Music. He also served as the Musical Director of La Casita Cultural Center at Syracuse University, where he received the certificate of Teaching Excellence.
David Fernandez Zaldivar
David Fernandez Zaldivar started his violin studies at the Escuela Vocacional de Artes in Santiago de Cuba. He began his studies at the age of 8 under professor Alex Bravo. At the age of 9, he gave his first concert with the Santiago Symphony Orchestra playing the Vivaldi Concerto in A Minor and the first movement of the G Major concerto. At the age of 11 he competed in an Ibero-American contest and won first place with the Acolay violin concerto, the bee from Shubert and 2 Cuban excerpts. He left Cuba in 2007 and came to Miami, Florida to continue his violin studies. He attended New World School of the Arts in 2008 with professor Thomas Moore while also studying with Andres Trujillo in the Miami Conservatory of Music in Coconut Grove. He later switched to professor Daniel Addai who he studied with for many years after that. While being at New World, he won the concerto competition twice along with the Alhambra concerto competition. He began playing with the Miami Symphony Orchestra while being at New World and graduated in 2012. He later attended Miami Dade College and continued to study with Daniel Andai and Maestro Alfred Gershfeld. He graduated from Miami Dade College and University of Florida in May 2020 and is now teaching at the Miami Conservatory of Music and coaches the Miami Youth Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, New World School of the Arts Orchestra and Alhambra Orchestra and has played with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Plácido Domingo and many others. David is now taking singing lessons with Gerard Ortega to become an amazing operatic baritone.
Jany Serrate is a musician and educator with 18 years of teaching experience. Born in Havana, Cuba, her love of music started very young, listening to the beautiful instruments and melodies from her hometown. This love was further solidified when she witnessed the grandiose orchestra in Havana, falling in love with the clarinet and joining as many music ensembles as possible.
She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2009 from the University of Arts in Cuba, majoring in music performance on clarinet. After graduating, she performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra and Miami Lyric Opera.
She has been coaching in the Miami Youth Orchestra since 2019.
Director & Cello Coach
Venezuelan cellist, conductor and pedagogue María Antonieta Salas is a sought-after performer, coach and teacher in South Florida.
She serves as the Musical Director of the International School of Music (ISM) in Doral and she is also the founder of the Miami Youth Orchestra and Choir (MYO).
She began her training under the acclaimed “El Sistema” organization in Caracas, where she studied with Marek Gazhler and worked closely with José Antonio Abreu. Ms. Salas continued her education at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory under William Molina Cestari. She received guidance from the Russian-Canadian cellist Yuli Turovsky in Montreal.
A respected teacher, she has been serving the community through her music school by providing a plethora of services such as orchestral programmes and private instructions for a variety of instruments like: strings, guitar, voice, woodwinds, brass and piano. Her current students are members of local ensembles and attend schools such as New World School of the Arts and Doral Academy Preparatory School.
Her former students currently participate in professional ensembles, attend prestigious conservatories and universities such as the San Francisco Conservatory, Longy School of Music, Miami Dade College, Florida International University, Syracuse University, Juilliard School, University of Miami and the Manhattan School of Music.
Most recently, her cello student Edward Luengo became a prize winner at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition.
She is also a visiting Teaching Artist at Miami Dade’s Honors Orchestra and she has previously served as a cello instructor at the Doral Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Salas has appeared regularly in televised performances and has worked alongside Plácido Domingo, Ricardo Montaner, Tania de Venezuela, Jennifer Lopez, Il Divo, Il Volo, Oscar D’Leon, Andrea Bocelli and many more distinguished artists. She is currently a member the cello section at the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) where she plays under the baton of maestro Eduardo Marturet.