New England Conservatory / Keene State College
“A brilliant pianist” (Wiener Zeitung, Vienna)
Christina Wright-Ivanova, hailed by critics as “a brilliant pianist” (Wiener Zeitung, Vienna) and “an ideal partner” (Huffington Post), is Assistant Professor of Music and the Coordinator of Piano & Collaborative Piano at Keene State College.
Dr. Wright-Ivanova frequently performs solo recitals with a special focus on new music. She is on faculty at New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, and has premiered over 125 works by living composers. She has performed both solo and collaborative new works in such venues as Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Berklee School of Music, MIT, The Harvard Club, Opera America (NY), Jordan Hall, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, Old North Meeting House, and in the Clutch New Music Series in Austin TX and the NEXTET series in Las Vegas.
She has enjoyed working with composers such as Jo Kondo, Augusta Read Thomas, Steve Reich, Julian Anderson, Joan Tower, Daniel Brewbaker, Tristan Murail, Robert Beaser, Jennifer Bellor, Heather Gilligan, Daron Hagen, Paul Chihara, Virko Baley and more. She has worked with several ensembles in new music, including the Callithumpian Consort, MIVOS Quartet (NEON Festival), HUB New Music, 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 2012 movie ‘The Master’ (Western LLC).
Recently, with duo au courant partner, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Weiss, she has performed at the Berlin Art Song Festival and has released a debut duo recording entitled ‘Songs Sacred and Profane’ in 2019 on Albany Records. The critically-acclaimed recording included new song cycles by composer Daron Hagen. The duo also recently commissioned a large-scale art song project entitled “Passageway” by German composer Jonathan Stark that experiences the journey of immigrants into Europe through music and poetry. The duo were also 2nd place winners at the New York City songSLAM 2019, where they performed a world premiere by composer Heather Gilligan. They are committed to performing songs by living composers based especially on issues of social justice, immigration, and equity for all.
Dr. Wright-Ivanova frequently serves as an Adjudicator and has most recently presented art song and chamber music master classes at institutions such as Arizona State University, New England Conservatory, the Nanjing University for the Arts (China), University of Kingsville Texas, and the Rodi Conservatory (Italy).
As a chamber musician, she has been heard in over 20 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. She recently collaborated with The Lydian Quartet (Brandeis University), TenHagen Quartet (Germany) and Castle of our Skins in acclaimed performances. In Summer 2019, she joined the faculty of the newly-created Jülich Summer Chamber Music Festival in Germany under the direction of acclaimed violinist Kathrin ten Hagen, where she performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.
Dr. Wright-Ivanova has a deep commitment to teaching. 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 throughout the country about the importance of teaching music to youth. She has presented at several national and international College Music Society Conferences and recently gave a lecture recital in Vancouver on the music of Barbara Monk Feldman.
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, and at the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Salzburg. Recent international concert performances at the 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 ‘Fatti ad arte-Musicalis Daunia’ Concert Series, directed by cellist Francesco Mastromatteo (Lucera, Italy).
For the past seven seasons, she has served as the Artistic Director for the ‘Winter Concert Series’ as part of the North End Music & Performing Arts Center serving Little Italy and the North End community in Boston. 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, Arizona PBS, WDR3 Kultur Radio, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR Klassik, Munich), Radio Caracas (Venezuela), WORD Madison, WRUV Radio Vermont, and Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), and can be heard on Albany Records, New World Records, MSR Classics, and ARS Produktion. www.christinajwright.com