Courtenay Vandiver Pereira
ROCO Musician, Cello
Grammy-nominated, acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “an expert player,” and the New Jersey Star Ledger for her “wonderful technique and creamy sound,” native Houstonian Courtenay Vandiver Pereira, cello, is a founding member of A Far Cry.
Internationally recognized with over 400 performances across the globe, the ensemble, according to the New York Times “brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied.” Their latest album, Grammy-nominated, Dreams and Prayers features the music of Golijov and Grammy winning, clarinetist, David Krakauer. A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Vandiver Pereira has performed with the St. Petersburg, Borromeo, and Jupiter String Quartets. Festival appearances include Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Sarasota, Schleswig-Holstein, Leipzig BachFest, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar.
In addition, she played for Billy Graham’s My Hope Campaign that was televised before millions across the United States and Canada. Her music can be heard on regularly on iTunes and iHeart Radio.
In 2010 Ms. Vandiver Pereira was Assistant Orchestra Director at both Austin High and Sartartia Middle Schools in Sugar Land, TX. The latter was awarded Texas State Honor Orchestra. Ms. Vandiver Pereira earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New England Conservatory with Academic and Artistic Distinction under the guidance of Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz. She is a recipient of The Yellow Rose of Texas. Presented by former Governor Ann Richards, the award is given through the Office of the Governor and recognizes women for their significant and outstanding contributions to the State of Texas.