Karsten began her professional life as a literary agent in Los Angeles. She moved to New York to pursue a career in documentary film, allowing her to work on projects covering such diverse subject matter as mental illness, the class system in Great Britain, the Mormons, infidelity, and the spiritual aftershocks of 9/11.
Working with renowned documentary film producer, Helen Whitney, Ms. Karsten served as associate producer of a two-part special for PBS entitled Forgiveness: A Time to Love; A Time to Hate. She recently completed work on a two-hour documentary Into the Night -- Portraits of Life and Death, also with Ms. Whitney, premiering on PBS in Spring 2018.
Karsten has studied both piano and voice and served as cantorial soloist of New York's Congregation, Da'at Elohim.
Her experience translating personal narrative into vivid story-telling coupled with her love of music inspired this collaboration.
In opera he wrote A Quiet Place with Leonard Bernstein (GRAMMY nom) and the story for Daron Hagen and Gardner McFall’s Amelia. He is acclaimed for his direction of the Seattle Ring cycle and the operas of Handel, including Rodelinda at the Metropolitan Opera, where he also staged productions of Boris Godunov and Iphigénie en Tauride. He has directed new work by such diverse writers as Beth Henley, Ken Ludwig, Peter Lieberson and Anna Deavere Smith, and he recently directed Terrence McNally’s Master Class on Broadway and in the West End. His work on plays from Aeschylus, Shakespeare and Marivaux to Shaw, Wilde and Coward have established him as a master of the classic repertoire.
At the Juilliard School he is the The James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow, recipient of the John Erskine Faculty Prize, and creator, with Brian Zeger, of the first intensive acting program for singers in the world.
His affiliations include stints as staff writer for The Miami Herald and The Boston Globe, correspondent for The Washington Post; Managing Editor of the music magazine JAZZIZ; columnist for Downbeat magazine and contributor to JazzTimes. He has written program notes for Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Edinburgh Festival, has contributed essays to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, was the managing editor of El Sitio.com, a pioneering bilingual site (1999) and a columnist, writing in Spanish, for Eritmo.com, a Latin music website (2000-2002).
Complementing his work in arts journalism, González has been also active in record production, teaching, radio hosting and arts administration. He was the Curator of Jazz Programming for the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, Miami (2005-2007) and translated and annotated Astor Piazzolla, A Memoir (Amadeus Press), as told to Natalio Gorín by Argentine New Tango composer Astor Piazzolla (2001).
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, González majored in math at the University of Buenos Aires before pursuing music full time. He moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music, majoring in Composition/Film Music. He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY®) and the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Latin GRAMMY ®).
In 2003, Fredriksen was selected by the U.S. and China Foundation to perform recitals and concerti throughout China, a tour that included Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Shenyang. A founding member of New York City’s Ensemble Respiro, Fredriksen has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Detroit Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras.
Fredriksen has also performed with New Hellenic String Quartet, Harrington String Quartet, and members of the American String Quartet.
His recordings include works by Brahms, Schubert, Mozart, Strauss, Robeson and Raphael. He recorded solo piano music (Scriabin, Glinka, Ravel, Satie, Chopin and Prokofiev) for the soundtrack of the award winning documentary film, Sonia, produced by Lucy Kostelanetz. He has also recorded chamber music composed by Nickitas Demos for the Gregg Russell film A Free Bird and most recently “New Music from Greek and Greek-American Composers” for Albany Records.
Fredriksen holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School where he was the recipient of the Munz Award, and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University. He has also studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary as a pupil of Ferenc Rados. Mr. Fredriksen’s other principal teachers were Mischa Kottler, Flavio Varani, Charles Fisher, Nadia Reisenberg, James Tocco, Stephen Kovacevich, Gyorgy Sebok and Martin Canin.
A native of San Juan, Argentina, Juan Pablo Jofre Romarion, a.k.a JP JOFRE, is an award-winning bandoneon player and composer. Mr. Jofre has been repeatedly highlighted by the New York Times and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center.
His music has been recorded by 13 times Grammy winner Paquito D’ Rivera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and choreographed/performed by ballet-star Herman Cornejo (Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre).
A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts grant in Argentina, Mr. Jofre has taken his form of contemporary tango to some of the most important venues around the world. He has performed as soloist/composer with numerous orchestras including the San Antonio Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Argentina's National Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Jofre has participated in many prestigious festivals including the Celebrity Series of Boston, Umbria Festival, and Great Performers at Lincoln Center. He has given lectures and master classes at Google Talks, TEDtalks, The Juilliard School, Dartmouth College, and Manhattan School of Music.
Mr. Jofre has been commissioned by violinist-conductor Michael Guttman and violinist Francisco Fullana in collaboration with the San Antonio Chamber Orchestra and Metropolis Ensemble to write two double concertos for violin and bandoneon. Recently, virtuoso clarinet player Seunghee Lee commissioned Mr. Jofre to write a double concerto for clarinet and bandoneon.
More at jpjofre.com.