Violinist Christine Harada Li is a highly active and versatile artist who has performed across the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, and Israel. As a soloist Christine recently performed Benjamin Britten Concerto with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and will perform with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and the Anchorage Youth Symphony this season. She frequently performs with the award-winning Koinonia Trio, which has been playing together since 2015. Passionate about chamber music, Christine has collaborated with many internationally acclaimed artists, including David Halen, Yehonatan Berick, Gilles Apap, members of the Berlin Philharmonic, among others. 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.
Christine’s piano trio was recently awarded 1st place for the American Prize, and won 1st Prizes in the Briggs Chamber Music Competition and the East Central MTNA 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 was the winner of the 2009 Anchorage Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and 2009 Mary and Lucian Cassetta Scholarship.
In addition to performing, Christine takes leadership in various art organizations and serves as Artistic Director and founder of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute Summer Festival and Academy, and Vice President of the Anchorage Fine Arts Society.
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.
Currently Christine is pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts (D.M.A.), 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).
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