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Maia Jasper White

Co-Founder & Co-Director

Maia is a chamber musician, teacher, orchestral and studio musician, and musical entrepreneur.

Outside of Salastina, Maia’s chamber music performances have brought her around the world. Highlights include trips to Portugal, the Netherlands, France, Israel, Canada, and Turkey.

A dedicated teacher, Maia is on faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She also directs Caltech's popular chamber music program, which serves 10% of the student body. She previously served on the faculties of Chapman University and the Luzerne Music Center. 

Maia is a member of the first violin section of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She was a member of the Pacific Symphony's first violin section for 10 years. She twice served as Concertmaster of the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado.

Her orchestral work also includes scoring for motion pictures and television. She’s contributed to scores by John Williams, Danny Elfman, Tom Newman, and Alexandre Desplat, among many others. Scoring is also how she met her husband, composer Philip White. Maia and Philip live in Glendale with their infant son, Galen.

Maia studied English and Musicology at Yale, and continued her violin studies at USC and the Paris Conservatory. She is a recent graduate of the Center for Nonprofit Management.

In a past life, Maia worked briefly for both Martha Stewart and Charlie Rose. She loves writing, and gets it out of her system on Salastina’s blog

 

Kevin Kumar

Co-Founder & Co-Director

A recent performance “allowed Kumar to demonstrate that, in addition to making an utterly beautiful sound, he is a born leader, and the performance responded to every last facet of a work gigantic in stature.”(Bernard Jacobson, Music-Web International) Also praised by press for his “obvious communicative powers”, “sense of sheer enjoyment”, and having “the precision and tonal richness of a virtuoso”, violinist Kevin Kumar has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among numerous other orchestras.

Kumar has also been active as an orchestral player, serving as Concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under Valerie Gergiev and Semyon Bychkov in tours throughout major European cultural centers. He was personally invited by Sir Georg Solti to participate in the Solti Project at Carnegie Hall.

He has performed chamber music in various ensembles and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Central America and participated in numerous radio and television broadcasts, including a featured appearance on a primetime NBC sitcom. Kumar has given the world premieres of chamber music and solo works by a number of composers, including Grammy-nominated composer Javier Navarrete, Daniel Catan, R.I. Gordon, Jeremy Cavaterra, and Reena Esmail.

At the outset of his concert career, Kumar was forced to spend an extended period away from the violin due to injuries; during this time he became involved with songwriting and production for musical artists in the U.S. and in East Asia. Since returning to the violin, he regularly appears as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as playing on sessions for motion picture and television scoring. He is also the violinist of the Catgut Trio and the co-artistic director of the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival, a summer chamber music series held in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  

In addition to attending Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music, Kumar received the Jascha Heifetz Scholarship and his Advanced Studies in Music Diploma from USC and Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. He has studied with Alice Schoenfeld, Viktor Tretyakov, Linda Rose, and Gennady Kleyman and benefited from masterclasses with Dorothy Delay and other musical luminaries.