"...Full of fiery élan, striking accentuation and expressive emphasis...”
Neue Westfälische (Germany)
Christina Wright-Ivanova, hailed by critics as “a brilliant pianist" (Wiener Zeitung, Vienna) and “an ideal partner" (Huffington Post), is a pianist, chamber musician, scholar and vocal coach currently based in Boston, MA. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music and the Co-ordinator of Piano & Collaborative Piano at Keene State College, and is on faculty at New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice each summer.
Dr. Wright-Ivanova frequently performs solo recitals with a special focus on new music, in addition to an international performing career in chamber music. She has premiered over 125 hundred works by living composers, and has performed both solo and collaborative new works in such venues as New York’s DiMenna Center for Chamber Music, Opera America, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Berklee School of Music, MIT, The Harvard Club, Jordan Hall, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, Old North Meeting House, in the Clutch New Music Series in Austin TX and the NEXTET new music series in Las Vegas.
She has enjoyed working with composers such as Jo Kondo, Michael Finnissy, Augusta Read Thomas, Steve Reich, Juliana Hall, Julian Anderson, Joan Tower, Daniel Brewbaker, Tristan Murail, Robert Beaser, Jennifer Bellor, Daron Hagen, Paul Chihara and Virko Baley. She has worked with several ensembles in new music, including the Callithumpian Consort, MIVOS Quartet (NEON Festival), Juventas New Music Ensemble, and at the Academie für Neue Musik with the Arditti Quartet. She also recorded a series of demos for Jonny Greenwood’s (Radiohead) soundtrack for the movie ‘The Master’ (Western LLC, 2012).
Her love of art song has brought fruitful collaborations in recital with singers from the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Greek National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lithuanian National Opera, Calgary Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and more. As a student, she attended the Schubert-Institut in Baden-bei-Wien on a full scholarship from the Johann Strauss Foundation, and is a Britten-Pears Scholar (UK) and a Crear Fellow (Scotland) under the mentorship of Malcolm Martineau. Dr. Wright-Ivanova has played in Master Classes by leading artists such as Elly Ameling, Barbara Bonney, Helmut Deutsch, Renee Fleming, Nicolas Hodges, Wolfgang Holzmair, Jorma Hynninen, Rudolf Jansen, Warren Jones, Ursula Oppens, Rita Sloan, Anthony Spiri, Edith Wiens, Pierre Vallet, Roger Vignoles and Brian Zeger. She has worked as opera pianist, coach and scenes director with Boston Opera Collaborative, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Handel & Haydn Society and the Pacific Opera Victoria (Canada), and has been the official pianist for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.
Recently, with 'duo au courant' partner, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Weiss, she has performed in venues in Australia, US and throughout the EU. A debut duo recording entitled ‘Songs Sacred and Profane’ was released on Albany Records in 2019 with new song cycles by composer Daron Hagen. The duo recently commissioned a large-scale art song project entitled “Passageway" which experiences the journey of immigrants into Europe through music by German composer Jonathan Stark. They were the 2nd place winners at the New York City songSLAM 2019, where they performed a world premiere by composer Heather Gilligan.
As a chamber musician, she has been heard in over 25 countries throughout North & South America, UK, Europe, Asia and Australia, appearing in recital with many established artists, including Tchaikovsky Competition Bronze medal cellist Bion Tsang, virtuoso violinist Yevgeny Kutik, Israel Philharmonic violinist Sharon Cohen, and Joachim International Violin competition winner Dami Kim.
She enjoys frequent performances with orchestral musicians, including members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Kansas City Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and Boulder Philharmonic. This season, she collaborated with The Lydian Quartet (Brandeis University), the TenHagen Quartet (Germany) and Castle of our Skins in acclaimed performances.
She was previously on faculty as Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was the Opera Coach for UNLV’s Opera Theatre. She also worked at Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, Boston University School of Music and the BU Tanglewood Institute Opera Intensive (BUTI), American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Classic Festival Jülich, and at the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Salzburg. Recent international concert performances at the Alte Schmiede (Vienna, Austria), Teatro di Musica (Lake Como, Italy), Humboldt University (Berlin), École Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France), Joanneumsviertel Museum (Graz, Austria) and the Schloss Frohnburg (Salzburg). She is a frequent guest artist at the acclaimed south-Italian 'Musicalis Daunia Concert Series', directed by cellist Francesco Mastromatteo (Lucera, Italy).
Dr. Wright-Ivanova has a deep commitment to teaching. In 2019, she acted as the Music Director for the National YoungArts Foundation Classical Music category in Miami, where she worked with the winners to help create a multi-media, interdisciplinary showcase.
In addition to her private and studio teaching, she enjoys presenting master classes throughout the country. As a Guest Pianist-in-Residence with Venezuela’s classical music program, El Sistema, she taught classes, worked with emerging young artists and was interviewed on TV, newspaper, and radio broadcasts about the importance of teaching music to youth. She has presented at several College Music Society Conferences (Potsdam, 2014; Boston, 2015; Sydney Australia, 2017) and gave a lecture recital in Vancouver (Oct. 2018) on the music of Barbara Monk Feldman.
Dr. Wright-Ivanova frequently serves as an Adjudicator for piano and chamber music competitions in the US and abroad. She has most recently presented art song and chamber music master classes at institutions such as Harvard University, Arizona State University, New England Conservatory, the Nanjing University for the Arts (China) and the Rodi Conservatory (Italy).
For the past six seasons, she has served as the Artistic Director for the North End Performing Arts Center ‘Winter Concert Series’, serving Boston’s Little Italy and the North End community. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (DMA), New England Conservatory (MM) and the University of Victoria, Canada (BM).
She has had radio appearances on Deutschland Radio, WDR3 Kultur Radio, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR Klassik, Munich), NPR, Radio Caracas (Venezuela), WORD Madison, WRUV Radio Vermont, and Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), and can be heard on Albany, New World Records, MSR Classics, and ARS Produktion.