Hailed as a “sensitive partner” by the New York Times, Romanian-American pianist Christina Giuca enjoys a dynamic career as a solo artist, collaborator, opera coach and educator. Professional appointments include serving on the music staff for the Houston Ballet, Opera in the Heights, Eastern Music Festival, and SongFest.
Christina is passionate about performing contemporary music and has premiered numerous works for solo piano and chamber ensemble. As an orchestral pianist, she 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 (twice), 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.
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 and the late Emilio del Rosario. Ms. Giuca 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.
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, composer Jake Heggie will be writing a commissioned song cycle for both winners to premiere on their tour. This upcoming season, Ms. Giuca will perform in Carnegie Hall’s 2018 “The Song Continues” series in masterclasses with Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming, and Graham Johnson. She will also serve as a member of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis music staff and be featured as a guest artist at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.