Hailed as a "sensitive partner" by the New York Times, Romanian-American pianist Christina Giuca 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, and Preston Bradley Hall, Christina has also appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. Professional appointments include serving on the music staff of the Houston Ballet, Opera in the Heights, and SongFest. This season, she is on music staff at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chicago Opera Theater, and North Park University as well as music coach and accompanist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick W. and Shirley G. Ryan Opera Center.
As the pianist winner of the 2017 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, Christina performed on a national recital tour with soprano Hannah Rose Kidwell in the spring of 2018. Their program included the premiere of 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, Renée Fleming, and Graham Johnson.
Christina holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. She was 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 strives to share the joy of music and wisdom of her mentors through teaching students of all ages. She is on faculty at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival.
Dedicated to showcasing the music of today, Christina has premiered numerous works for solo piano and chamber ensemble by composers including Jake Heggie, Shawn Jaeger, Tamzin Elliott, and Robert McClure. She is a founding member of the piano duo 4x5 with composer and pianist Benjamin Krause. They have been featured as ensemble-in-residence at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.
As a first-generation American, Christina devotes her time off-stage to advocating for refugee and immigrant rights. She also plays for memory care facilities and leads sing-alongs for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. She believes that artists have a special privilege to be able to bring beauty into this world and have the opportunity to use their platforms for advocacy and social change.