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 in Chicago, Christina has also appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in England. Professional appointments include serving on the music staff of the Houston Ballet, Opera in the Heights, SongFest, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She is currently a pianist for Chicago Opera Theater, North Park University, and 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 recently performed on a national recital tour with soprano Hannah Rose Kidwell. Their program included the premiere of composer Jake Heggie's new 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 also 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 wisdom of her mentors through teaching and working with students of all ages.
Christina has premiered numerous works for solo piano and chamber ensemble and was invited to perform as a guest artist at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. She is a founding member of the piano duo 4x5 with composer and pianist Benjamin Krause. As an orchestral pianist, Christina has played under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Cristian Macelaru. As an opera coach and répétiteur, she has prepared productions of L’elisir d’Amore, La Clemenza di Tito, Hänsel und Gretel, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, La Traviata, Regina and the world premieres of Elena Langer’s Four Sisters and Huang Ruo's An American Soldier.
As a first-generation American, Christina devotes her time off-stage to advocating for refugee and immigrant rights. She has volunteered with Compass International Family Center, a nonprofit organization that provides language support and education, as well as cultural training and advocacy for immigrant and refugee families. Christina 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.