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IMG_1689Maia 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 and Chapman University.

She is a member of the first violin sections of both the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony, and 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 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. Her life’s many pleasures include tennis, style, keeping up with her many beloved podcasts, her dog Knudsen, and the outdoors.

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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.

As a devoted chamber musician he has performed 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 composers such as Grammy-nominated composer Javier Navarrete, Daniel Catan, R.I. Gordon, and Jeremy Cavaterra.

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 his return to the stage, he has participated in a variety of activities; appearing as soloist with a number of orchestras in Southern California, including St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra and the Riverside Philharmonic, and performing chamber music across the nation. He is also the violinist of the Catgut Trio.

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.