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Krassimira Figg

“Krassimira Figg has all the drama and passion one would expect. Figg’s playing… was most impressive, as she made the melodies soar with a fluid, voice-like sound… “Performance… brought the crowd to its feet… most of the audience was still discussing [it] after the concert was over.”-Tulsa World, December 17, 2010 Tango – Piazzolla

A winner of several international cello competitions, Krassimira Vassileva Figg completed her studies in Bulgaria, where she served as principal cellist with one of the major national orchestras and cello professor at the Plovdiv Music School. She then moved to Paris, where she obtained a degree in chamber music and cello performance and performed with several orchestras, including the French National Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Pierre Boulez’s contemporary ensemble, and the Ensemble Orchestral d’Aquitaine-Bordeaux, where she was principal cellist. During her time in France, Krassimira was chosen to perform at the famous Salle Gaveau for the sixtieth birthday of Mstislav Rostropovich, and she served as the assistant to the chamber music class at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. In 1999, Krassimira moved to the U.S. with her family, first to Kansas City, where she played with the Kansas City Symphony and taught at the KCYA School of the Arts. She was a founding member of the cello quartet CelloRondo, which recorded its first CD in 2006. In 2009, Krassi moved to Tulsa, where she lives with her youngest son Brian and her dog Booboo. She is currently assistant principal cellist of the Tulsa Opera, a founding member of the Tulsa Camerata, a member of the Tulsa Symphony, and was a featured instrumentalist in the recent PBS live special “Kristen Chenoweth: Coming Home.” She also teaches at the bART Center for Music and in her own private cello studio. Her performances have been broadcast on the radio and television in Bulgaria, France, the U.S., and Italy.

Jarrett Bastow

Jarrett is a professional bassist based in Tulsa, Oklahoma who comes from Albany, New York. He is a Section Bassist for the Tulsa Symphony (TSO), Assistant Principal Bass of Springfield Symphony Orchestra MO (SSO), and Principal Bass for Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA). Jarrett has performed with Signature, Bartlesville, Arkansas, Texarkana, Shreveport and South Arkansas Symphonies and the Tulsa Ballet and Opera.

His Suzuki training began at Northwestern University when he took Suzuki Pedagogy with Gilda Barston in 2013. He continued his training with notable teacher trainers including Dr. Beth Cantrell, Dr. Andrea Yun, Dr. Shu-Yi Scott (Cello), Dr. Kate Jones and Virginia Dixon (Bass). Other teaching experiences include working as Bass Teaching Artist for Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Bass Coach and Orchestra Assistant from Tulsa and Bartlesville Public School District respectively, Private Bass Instructor and Chamber Coach for the bART Conservatory of Music, and Guest Artist for a bass masterclass at Brigham Young University Idaho. Currently, he is the Adjunct Bass Instructor at University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and Adjunct Instructor of Low Strings at Northwest Arkansas Community College as of 2019. As an arts administrator, he got his start as Personnel Manager for SoNA. This newfound interest led him to get his second Masters in the field. During his final year of the degree, he was Administrative Director for the Tulsa Youth Symphony where he earned the organization’s first government grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and started their first Silent Auction. As Personnel Manager for SoNA, he is thrilled to have the honor of putting Northwest Arkansas on the map for professional orchestral musicians!

His personnel management experience has contributed in partnering with the Walton Arts Center for its CineConcert Series to provide the Northwest Arkansas community a unique, theatrical and thrilling orchestral performance.

Jarrett received his Bachelor and Master of Music in Double Bass Performance from Ithaca College and Northwestern University respectively. His principal teachers include Erik Johnson, Nicholas Walker, Andrew Raciti and Lauren Pierce. Jarrett is also a Master of Arts Leadership & Cultural Management from Colorado State University. His certifications include a Graduate Certificate in Change Management from Cornell University and a Certificate in Grant Proposal Writing from Fort Hays State University.

Kathy Rad – Executive Director

Kathy Rad has been teaching orchestra students in the Greater Tulsa Area for 25 years. Rad’s devotion to sharing the joy of music with others has earned her the Bart Betow Memorial Education Award given by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, and the United States Army’s third highest award, the Superior Civilian Service Award. Ms. Rad served as the Music Curriculum Coordinator for Tulsa Public Schools for 3 years, and Education Outreach Director for the Tulsa Symphony for 7 years.  In 2014, Rad took the lead in creating the Tulsa affiliate of Harmony Project of America, and saw the program through to its current iteration/status as a non-profit independent organization. While serving as HPT’s Executive Director, Rad is also a Master Teaching Artist. Additionally, Rad teaches Orchestra at Will Rogers College Junior and Senior High School, and performs with the Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, and Tulsa Rock Quartet – Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Artists. She has played her Cello with musicians spanning many musical genres, including Itzhak Perlman, Eric Whitacre, Andre Watts, Joshua Bell, Harry Connick Jr., Shirley Jones, Sarah Coburn, Reba McEntire, Leo Kottke, Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Mark O’Connor, Amy Grant, Doc Severinsen, Bernadette Peters, Roy Clark and has played for US Presidents such as Jimmy Carter.   Kathy Rad has recorded on the Universal/Republic label and is the recipient of the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award