Christina Wright-IvanovaVocal Coach/Collaborative Pianist
Christina Wright-Ivanova, hailed by critics as “a brilliant collaborative pianist” (Wiener Zeitung, Vienna) and “an ideal partner” (Huffington Post), is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Wright-Ivanova has significant experience as both a vocal and instrumental collaborative artist. She is on faculty as a vocal coach at Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, and has previously worked at the 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.
As an art song pianist, she has collaborated frequently with singers from the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Greek National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Calgary Opera, and the Boston Lyric Opera. She has presented art song master classes in China, the USA and Italy. She has been the official pianist for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the NATS Auditions, and has frequently served as an adjudicator for piano and chamber music competitions. She has 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. As an opera pianist, she has worked with Boston Opera Collaborative, Commonwealth Lyric Theater in Boston, Handel & Haydn Society, and Pacific Opera Victoria. She is currently the head Opera Coach for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Opera Theatre.
She has performed as a chamber musician throughout the USA, UK, Europe, Canada, China and South America, 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. 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. A critically-acclaimed CD with violinist Kathrin ten Hagen entitled ‘Eastern Impresssions’ was released under the German label, ARS Produktion. She has been heard on Deutschland Radio, WDR3 Kultur Radio, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR Klassik, Munich), Radio Caracas (Venezuela), WORD Madison, WRUV Radio Vermont, and Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). She also recorded a series of demos for Jonny Greenwood’s (Radiohead) soundtrack for the movie ‘The Master’ (Western LLC, 2012).
She has performed both solo and collaborative new works in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Harvard Club, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, Old North Meeting House, Clutch New Music series in Austin TX, the NEON Festival in Las Vegas, and the Steve Reich Festival in Boston, where she worked with the composer. Recent international concert performances at the Reaktorhalle (Munich, Germany), Humboldt University (Berlin), École Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France), Joanneumsviertel Museum (Graz, Austria), Amici della Musica Paisello Concert Hall (Lucera, Italy), and the Schloss Frohnburg (Salzburg).
Upcoming projects for 2016/17 include World Premieres of Daron Hagen’s song cycle, “A Handful of Days”, and Jonathan Stark’s new song cycle, both with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Weiss, a Piano Trio by Stefano Taglietti with cellist Francesco Mastromatteo, and a new song cycle by Jennifer Bellor. A CD recording of Greek composer Napoleon Lambelet’s songs will be released in late 2016. A chamber music CD recording with ‘Juventas New Music Ensemble’ entitled “Spectres” was recently released on New World Records, and a CD of new art songs by Daniel Carr is recorded on MSR Classics.
For the past two seasons, she has served as the Artistic Director for the ‘North End Performing Arts Professional Artists Concert Series’, serving Little Italy and the Italian 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).