Christina Giuca, Pianist

Hailed as a “sensitive partner” by the New York Times, Romanian-American pianist Christina Giuca Krause enjoys a dynamic career as a performer, 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, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick W. and Shirley G. Ryan Opera Center.

As the pianist winner of the Music Academy of the West’s 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 Jake Heggie’s These Strangers, a new song cycle written for them for this tour. Christina was invited to play in Carnegie Hall’s 2018 “The Song Continues” masterclass series with Renée Fleming, Graham Johnson, and Marilyn Horne.

Christina has performed many works by living composers and assisted in the premieres of new operas, most recently Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis) and Dan Shore’s Freedom Ride (Chicago Opera Theater). She is a founding member of contemporary piano duo 4×5 with composer Benjamin Krause.

Christina holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and Master of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Her teachers include the late Emilio del Rosario, Peter Takács, Monique Duphil, David Breitman, Brian Connelly, and Frank Corliss. 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.

Christina is currently the Artistic Director of LYNX, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that amplies diverse voices through new song commissions, inclusive recital programming, and innovative educational initiatives. Christina has been on faculty at Lutheran Summer Music Festival since 2018 and also works at Hope College, where she is Coordinator of Accompanying and teaches a course in collaborative skills to pianists.

LYNX's Autism Advocacy Series premiere in Cincinnati, OH, February 2020

LYNX Project

Christina is the Artistic Director of LYNX Project, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization dedicated to amplifying diverse voices through new song commissions, inclusive recital programming, and innovative educational initiatives. Their two main programs, the Amplify Series and Composition of a City, bring diverse communities together and add new voices to the art song canon. To learn more, visit LYNX’s website.


Formed at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, 4×5 members Christina Giuca and Benjamin Krause have appeared together in performances on the stages of Weill Recital Hall, Sweetwater Sound, and the 2019 MTNA National Conference. They have been featured as ensemble-in-residence at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium and Lutheran Summer Music Festival. Listen

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 Saint Louis, June 2019

World Premieres

Dedicated to showcasing the music and stories of today, Christina has premiered many piano solos, chamber music pieces, and art songs, including “These Strangers,” a song cycle written for her and soprano Hannah Rose Kidwell by Jake Heggie (commissioned by the Music Academy of the West). Christina has prepared world premieres of operas by composers including Terence Blanchard, Huang Ruo, Elena Langer, Dan Shore, and Stacy Garrop. 


Christina is passionate about sharing the lifelong joy of making music. Through individual lessons, she helps students develop technical agility at the piano, musical expression, a healthy practice routine, an understanding and appreciation for music theory and history, as well as important life skills including self-discipline, patience, and perseverance. Christina’s dedication to creating a safe and nurturing environment for learning helps to grow curiosity, joy, and confidence in her students. She maintains a private piano studio in Holland, MI, where she works with students of all ages and abilities. She is an active member of MTNA, MMTA, and the Holland Piano Teachers Forum. She also teaches at Hope College and Lutheran Summer Music Festival. 

If you are interested in lessons, please email her at

With student Julia Nguyen before Carnegie Hall debut, June 2015

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