Violinist Christine Harada Li is a versatile artist who has performed across the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, and Israel. She has frequently performed with the award-winning Koinonia Trio, which has been playing together since 2015. As an orchestral musician, Christine has had the opportunity to play with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and Ann Arbor Symphony. She has performed (both violin and viola) as a guest artist at the Maui Classical Music Festival, Center Stage Strings, Oberlin Acoustics Workshop and Ann Arbor Chamber Fest.
In addition to performing, Christine takes leadership in various art organizations and serves as Artistic Director of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival and President of the Anchorage Fine Arts Society, a non-profit organization in Anchorage, Alaska. She was Co-Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy from 2016–2019.
Koinonia Trio has received numerous awards including 1st place for the American Prize and 1st Prize in the Briggs Chamber Music Competition. Christine was the winner of the University of Michigan concerto competition and has won awards in the Hannoversche Börse der Musiktalente Competition with Das Hammerstein Trio, Marguerite Downey Piano Competition, Alaska MTNA Piano/Violin Performance Competition, among others. In 2012, Christine was selected as the winner of the Young Alaskan Artist Award and Scholarship and presented a recital with YAA director, Juliana Osinchuk.
Christine grew up in a musical family and began studying violin at the age of five and piano at the age of ten. Her childhood principal teachers were Beverly Beheim for violin and Rumi Smith for piano. Christine made her international debut when she was 10 years old at the Talent Education Research Institute’s Suzuki Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan.
Christine completed her Doctorate in Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in 2019, studying with David Halen at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance. Christine graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and completed her Master of Music degree at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. Her principal teachers here were Yehonatan Berick, Elisabeth Kufferath, Anne Röhrig (baroque), and Arthur Greene (piano). Currently she serves as Assistant Violin Professor at the Ohio University School of Music in Athens, Ohio.