Roman Carranza was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He started his music training at the age of seven at the Victoriano Lopez Music School located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. During his early life, he participated in many well-known music festivals around Central America, Brazil and the United States. Mr. Carranza has gained much experience by performing with numerous orchestras from Central and North America such as San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra, Honduras Philharmonic, The Youth Orchestra of Central America, Shreveport Symphony, Texarkana Symphony, Longview Symphony, Rapides Symphony, South Arkansas Symphony, Acadiana Symphony and Baton Rouge Symphony. Mr. Carranza holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Music Performance from Northwestern State University. He currently works as a freelance violinist and as a String teacher at Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Roman Carranza enjoys spending his free time cooking with close friends and talking with his family who live in Honduras.
An avid performer of contemporary music, pianist Chialing Hsieh is devoted to promoting new piano solo and chamber works. She has premiered about forty compositions and has performed on the premiere recordings of ten works by contemporary composers. Hsieh has been a featured pianist on seven CD’s for the Centaur, Innova, Enharmonic, and Ballpark record labels. Hsieh has received several grants to promote new American music, including an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.Hsieh has performed with members of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minnesota, and Memphis. She has performed with the faculty of Julliard, Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, University of Cincinnati, and Arizona State University. Hsieh has performed recitals in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. She performs regularly at universities and conferences for CMS, MTNA, NATS, SCI, North American Saxophone Alliance, National Flute Society, International Clarinet Association, International Viola Congress, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the Southeastern Composers’ League. Hsieh joined the faculty of Northwestern State University in 2016 as Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano. Prior to this appointment, she was the Instructor of Music/Faculty Accompanist at Morehead State University from 2004 to 2016. In the summer, she is the piano instructor at the Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy and the Sounds of Summer Institute. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the National Taipei University of the Arts, and M.M. and D.M.A. in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include Richard Morris, Sandra Rivers, and Tsai Chai-Hsio.
Paul Christopher received his Bachelor of Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis. From 1989 to 2004 he was Principal Cello of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Opera, and a member of the Premier String Quartet. Simultaneously, from 1993 to 1999 he also served as Adjunct Lecturer of Low Strings at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2005 Mr. Christopher joined the string faculty at Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSULA) in Natchitoches, where he serves as Associate Professor of Cello and Music Theory. In the summers of 1993-2014 he performed as Assistant Principal Cello with the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Mr. Christopher has appeared as clinician and guest artist throughout Louisiana, as well as, in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panamá, and South Korea. His original articles have been published in American String Teacher, Bass World, The Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter and Strings. As a member of the Nashville String Machine Mr. Christopher has recorded with artists such as Faith Hill, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Springsteen and George Strait. He is currently recording the cello duos of Jacques Offenbach, with seven CD's available on the Human Metronome label. For more information visit: paulchristophercello.com.