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Christina Giuca Krause

Piano and Collaborative Piano


Hailed as a "sensitive partner" by the New York Times, Romanian-American pianist Christina Giuca enjoys a dynamic career as a collaborator, solo artist, opera coach, and educator. She is passionate about performing contemporary music and has premiered numerous works for solo piano and chamber ensemble. As an orchestral pianist, Ms. Giuca has performed with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Cristian Macelaru. Festival appearances include the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. Ms. Giuca has served on the music staff for the Houston Ballet, Opera in the Heights, Eastern Music Festival, and SongFest.

Born in Chicago, Christina began her piano studies at age three. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and was awarded a Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship from the Bard College Conservatory. Her teachers include Warren Jones, John Churchwell, Tamara Sanikidze, Frank Corliss, Brian Connelly, Monique Duphil, and the late Emilio del Rosario.

Ms. Giuca is the 2017 winner of the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, along with soprano Hannah Rose Kidwell. They recently embarked on a national recital tour where they premiered, “These Strangers,” a new song cycle by Jake Heggie. This season, Ms. Giuca was featured in Carnegie Hall’s 2018 “The Song Continues” series in masterclasses with Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming, and Graham Johnson. She also served as a member of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis music staff, assisting in the musical preparation of four productions, including the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s, “An American Soldier.”

Christina resides in Valparaiso, IN with her husband, composer Benjamin Krause, where she maintains an active private teaching studio and is a staff accompanist at Valparaiso University.

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