Described as “a tour de force… a thoughtful and adventurous artist” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), “completely unique on the Montreal scene and perhaps the world over,” (Innovations en Concert), and “a precise, engaged, welcoming performer unafraid of deep ambiguities” (Chicago Reader), pianist, actor and composer Andy Costello is an artist with versatility, creativity, originality and imagination. Dedicated to the music of living composers, Andy’s solo repertoire champions works by living composers all over the world. “Andy trouve la profondeur dans chaque note” (“Andy finds depth in every note”), composer Philippe Leroux has stated of Andy’s playing. Equally so, Andy is committed to presenting standard piano repertoire in a fresh way. Andy’s Schumann playing has been described as “dreamy and sensitive”, and for his Shostakovitch, “steely and granitic” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).
A passionate chamber musician, cellist Kyra Saltman has embarked on a diverse and exciting career. She has toured the United States extensively, including concerts at the Round Top Festival Institute, the Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music, the Fairmont Chamber Music Society, the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, and the Kerrytown Concert House, as well as for the Nassau Music Society in the Bahamas. Kyra is currently a member of the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, an innovative ensemble consisting of string quartet and classical guitar. The group released their second CD in the fall of 2014 featuring the music of Debussy, Shostakovich, and Elliot Bark. In 2015 she performed onstage for Steppenwolf Theater Company’s production of East of Eden.