Hailed as a "sensitive partner" by the New York Times, Romanian-American pianist Christina Giuca enjoys a vibrant career as a solo artist, collaborator, vocal coach and piano teacher. Born in Chicago, she began her piano studies at age three. She has worked as a collaborative pianist for the Houston Ballet, Opera in the Heights, Houston Grand Opera’s High School Voice Studio, Bard College Conservatory, Eastern Music Festival, and SongFest.
Christina is passionate about performing contemporary music and has premiered numerous works for solo piano and chamber ensemble. Performance highlights include chamber music concerts in Germany and the UK, a recital with Dawn Upshaw and graduate singers from the Bard College Conservatory at the Morgan Library, and a solo performance in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. As an orchestral pianist, Ms. Giuca has played under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Pablo Heras-Casado, Cristian Macelaru, and Larry Rachleff. She has been invited to attend music festivals including the Music Academy of the West (twice), International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, and the Aspen Music Festival. Christina strives to share her love of music through teaching and working with students of all ages. She holds degrees from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music (MM, collaborative piano) and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM, piano performance). Her principal teachers include the late Emilio del Rosario, Peter Takács, Monique Duphil and Brian Connelly.
Christina recently won the 2017 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, along with soprano Hannah Rose Kidwell. They will embark on a recital tour in Spring 2018. In addtion to being awarded the Regina Roney prize of $5,000, composer Jake Heggie will be writing a commissioned song cycle for both winners to premiere on their tour. The jury included Renée Fleming, Jake Heggie, and Marilyn Horne.
Christina resides in Valparaiso, IN with her husband, composer Benjamin Krause, where she maintains an active teaching studio and is a collaborative pianist at Valparaiso University.