Karen Teperberg, 26, is a freelance professional jazz and funk drummer from Ashkelon, Israel. She came to the United States four years ago to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, then moved to New York City. Karen tours as the drummer for the Chris Botti band, and has played with many great musicians, such as Sting and Shawn Colvin. Karen is featured on the recent Columbia Records DVD release, "Chris Botti and Friends Night Sessions: Live in Concert." Karen also plays regularly at Terra Blues and the Bitter End in Manhattan.
Karen's family still lives in Israel. Her sister, Nitzan, 20, is serving her first of two years in the Israeli army. Her sister Rotem, 22, lives in Tel Aviv. She was ranked 16th in the world on the professional women's tennis circuit when she was 16. Her father Adi, who also has a 1-year-old daughter, teaches swimming and self-awareness classes. Her mother Gabby, teaches swimming and water aerobics to people with physical disabilities.