Clifford Casapao a native of the Philippines, began studying the piano at the age of 6. He earned his bachelor of music degree in piano performance at the University of the Philippines under the tutelage of Prof. Augusto Espino. Upon graduation, he served on the faculty of the university’s extension program. Clifford started accompanying opera and musical theater, joining Philippine Opera Company and Repertory Philippines for the production of Little Shop of Horrors, The Fantastiks, Blood Brothers, Into the Woods, Peter Pan and Hansel and Gretel. He was also a regular guest artist of Paco Park Presents and Concerts at the Park in Manila. Clifford is a ballet repetiteur for the Royal Academy of Dance examinations in the Philippines and Los Angeles. He migrated to the United States in 2001 and was a music teacher at Princeton College Preparatory School in Van Nuys, California. He is currently working at the Pasadena Dance Theatre and California Institute for the Arts, School of Dance. He also teaches advanced studies at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts.
Mark Litver attended the State College of Arts in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, and received a bachelor of arts degree in piano. In 1984, he attended the State Conservatory in Tashkent, Russia, earning a master’s degree in piano and music. As a student of the conservatory, he began working as a concert pianist with the State Philharmonic Orchestra and toured internationally with them to Germany and Poland as a soloist. Upon graduation, Mark began working with the State Theater of Opera and Ballet and the State School of Ballet as a pianist and piano instructor. During that period he was sent to the Theater of Opera and Ballet “Bolshoi” in Moscow for additional training. He moved to Los Angeles in 1995 and attended the Evans School of Languages, studying English and working as a pianist for the Lula Washington Dance Theater. He has been teaching piano at the Evergreen Music Conservatory in North Hollywood since 1996. Over the years, he has been an accompanist at Santa Monica College’s Dance Department, California Arts Institute, UCLA’s Department of Arts and Culture, Pomona College’s Dance Department and California State University of Fullerton’s Department of Theater and Dance. He has also worked with such ballet masters as Susan Jones (American Ballet Theater), Charles Maple (American Ballet Theater), Stanley Holden (Royal Ballet), Margaret Hills (Royal Ballet), Evelyn Cisneros (San Francisco Ballet), Finis Jhung (Ballet Techniques, New York), Yuri Grigoriev (Moscow Stanislavski Ballet) and Marat Dukaev (Kirov Ballet). Additionally, Mark has worked with such companies as Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Houston Ballet, California Dance Theater, Anaheim Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet and Ballet Pacifica. In July 2014 Mark was accepted for the summer intensive program at the Paris Opera Ballet School. He has been with Pasadena Dance Theatre since 2004.
Pedro Manuel Toro a native of Venezuela began his musical studies under Professor Juan Bautista Carreño and was later admitted to the National Conservatory of Music Juan José Landaeta in Caracas. While studying at the conservatory, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the Andrés Bello Catholic University. From 2009 to 2010, Pedro studied piano accompaniment at the Centro Universale of Bel Canto in Vignola, Italy, and at the prestigious Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain, where he took lessons with prominent pianists, conductors and singers. He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and pianist for ballet and opera in Venezuela, Germany, Italy and Spain. Between August and October of 2010, he worked as musical coordinator of the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas. He was pianist and musical director of the pop-lyrical group Ankora in 2012, performing on several occasions with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2011 until 2014, he served as pianist of the Teresa Carreño Ballet. He currently attends the artist certificate program in collaborative piano at Azusa Pacific University.