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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 Krause enjoys a dynamic career as a performer, collaborator, vocal coach and educator. Heard on the stages of Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, and Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, Christina has also appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. Professional appointments include serving on the music staff of Opera in the Heights, SongFest, and the Houston Ballet.

As the pianist winner of the 2017 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, Christina performed on a national recital tour with soprano Hannah Rose Kidwell, where they premiered composer Jake Heggie's song cycle, "These Strangers.” Ms. Giuca also played in Carnegie Hall’s 2018 “The Song Continues” series in master classes with Marilyn Horne, Graham Johnson, and Renée Fleming.

Christina holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. She was also awarded a Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship from the Bard College Conservatory. Her teachers include Warren Jones, Frank Corliss, Brian Connelly, Monique Duphil, and the late Emilio del Rosario.

Christina has premiered numerous works for solo piano and chamber ensemble. She is a founding member of the piano duo 4x5 with husband and composer Benjamin Krause. As an orchestral pianist, Christina has played under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Cristian Macelaru. She will be returning to Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2019 for her second season, assisting in the musical preparation of four productions including the world premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Christina lives in Chicago, where she teaches privately and is on music staff for Chicago Opera Theater, North Park University, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick W. and Shirley G. Ryan Opera Center.

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