Hailed as a “sensitive partner” by the New York Times, pianist Christina Giuca enjoys a dynamic career as a solo artist, collaborator, opera coach and educator. Professional appointments include the Houston Ballet, Opera in the Heights, Eastern Music Festival, and SongFest. This season, she will serve as a member of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis music staff and as Artist Faculty at Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival.
As 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,” featuring text by Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Martin Niemöller and Walt Whitman. Ms. Giuca also performed in Carnegie Hall’s 2018 “The Song Continues” series in master classes with Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming, and Graham Johnson.
Born in Chicago, Christina began her piano studies at age three. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and was awarded a Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship from the Bard College Conservatory. Her teachers include Warren Jones, John Churchwell, Tamara Sanikidze, Frank Corliss, Brian Connelly, Monique Duphil, Peter Takács, and the late Emilio del Rosario.
Christina is passionate about performing contemporary music and has premiered numerous works for solo piano and chamber ensemble. She is a founding member of the piano duo 4×5 (Four by Five) 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, and the world premiere of Elena Langer’s Four Sisters. Ms. Giuca has been invited to attend music festivals including the Music Academy of the West, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, and the Aspen Music Festival. She strives to share her love of music through teaching and working with students of all ages.
As a first-generation American, Christina is a strong advocate for refugee and immigrant rights. She volunteers 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 nursing home and memory care facilities and leads sing-alongs for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.