Hailed as a "sensitive partner" by the New York Times, pianist Christina Giuca enjoys a dynamic career as a performer, collaborator, vocal coach and educator. Currently living in Chicago, Christina has worked 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. She will be returning to the 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.
Heard on the stages of Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, and Preston Bradley Hall, Christina has also performed at the Morgan Library and International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. She is an alumna of the Music Academy of the West, where she studied vocal piano with Warren Jones and accompanied the studio of mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. 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. Her teachers include Brian Connelly, Monique Duphil, Peter Takács, and the late Emilio del Rosario. Christina was 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.
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 is committed to using her musical platform to connect people and build community. She recently organized and performed in a benefit recital with cellist Matthew Nix for Project Fierce Chicago, an organization that seeks to create affirming transitional housing for LGBTQIA+ youth in Chicago. 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.