Hailed as a "sensitive partner" by the New York Times, Romanian-American pianist Christina Giuca enjoys a dynamic career as a collaborative partner, performer, vocal coach, and educator. Currently living in Chicago, Christina works with Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, Northwestern University, North Park University, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick W. and Shirley G. Ryan Opera Center.
Heard on the stages of Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, and Preston Bradley Hall, Christina has also performed at festivals including the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, and International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England. She has served on the music staffs of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Houston Ballet, and SongFest, among others. Christina was the pianist winner of the 2017 Marilyn Horne Song Competition and played in Carnegie Hall’s 2018 “The Song Continues” series in master classes with Renée Fleming, Graham Johnson, and Marilyn Horne.
Christina holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. She was also a recipient of the Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship from the Bard College Conservatory, where she worked with the Graduate Vocal Arts Program under the direction of soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Kayo Iwama.
Christina is passionate about working with younger generations to foster a lifelong appreciation of classical music and pass down wisdom from her mentors. She has a private piano studio, where she works with students of all ages and abilities. Christina is also on faculty at the Lutheran Summer Music Festival. Her former piano teachers include the late Emilio del Rosario, Monique Duphil, Brian Connelly, and Warren Jones.
Dedicated to showcasing the music of today, Christina is a founding member of contemporary piano duo 4x5 with her husband, composer Benjamin Krause. They recently performed at the MTNA National Conference in Washington and were featured guest artists at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. Christina has premiered solo and chamber music pieces and helped prepare world premieres of operas by composers including Terence Blanchard, Huang Ruo, and Elena Langer.
Christina is committed to using her musical platform to connect people and bring awareness to issues affecting the community. She enjoys designing benefit recitals for different organizations. Christina is on the artist roster for the Lynx Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a platform for every voice to be heard through innovative art song programming and educational initiatives. Christina also leads sing-alongs at memory care facilities for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.