Christina Giuca, Pianist

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 performed at festivals including the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, and International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England. She has been a member of the music staff at the Houston Ballet, SongFest, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

As the pianist winner of the 2017 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, Christina and soprano Hannah Rose Kidwell gave a recital tour that included sold-out performances in Houston, Santa Barbara, and New York City. They premiered composer Jake Heggie’s These Strangers, a new song cycle written for them for this tour. Christina also played in Carnegie Hall’s 2018 “The Song Continues” series in master classes with Renée Fleming, Graham Johnson, and Marilyn Horne.

Christina holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and Master of Music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Her teachers include the late Emilio del Rosario, Monique Duphil, David Breitman, Brian Connelly, and Frank Corliss. Christina 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 currently resides in Chicago, where she is the Artistic Director of Lynx Project, a nonprofit art song organization dedicated to providing a platform for every voice to be heard through innovative recital programming and educational initiatives. Christina also works as a pianist and coach with Chicago Opera Theater, Northwestern University, North Park University, Music of the Baroque, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick W. and Shirley G. Ryan Opera Center. 


Christina is a founding member of piano duo 4×5 with her husband, composer Benjamin Krause. They performed at the 2019 MTNA National Conference in WA and were guest artists at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.

Premiere of "Cappucino Caprice" (Benjamin Krause), Weill Recital Hall, June 2015
World Premiere of Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones," Opera Theatre of St. Louis, June 2019

World Premieres

Dedicated to showcasing the music and stories of today, Christina has premiered many solo and chamber music pieces and prepared world premieres of operas by composers including Terence Blanchard, Huang Ruo, Elena Langer, and Stacy Garrop. 


Christina is passionate about teaching and strives to help her students discover the lifelong joy of making music. She maintains a private piano studio, where she works with students of all ages and abilities. She is also on faculty at Lutheran Summer Music Festival.

With student Julia Nguyen before Carnegie Hall debut, June 2015

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