Christina Bouey, Concertmaster
Percy Edwards Browning Memorial Chair
“Although I have only been with the CCO for a short while, I have already had a couple instances that stood out to me over the past season. One moment was during Beethoven Symphony No. 4 and the other was with the Mendelssohn “Reformation” Symphony No. 5…
The orchestra had this incredible bright energy behind their musicality and you could feel the passion swirling out of each musician. The musicians of the CCO felt the adrenaline and therefore the audience was hitched to every note and you could feel everyone in the hall connecting. This is part of what makes the CCO so special, the fact that everyone is so excited to be there and ready to bring amazing music to life. You don’t find that with all groups.”
Canadian/American violinist, Christina Bouey, is hailed by the New York Times for playing “beautifully,” by the New York Post, “When violinist Christina Bouey spun out that shimmering tune, I thought I died and went to heaven,” and by Opera News, for playing “with exquisite, quivering beauty.” She is praised by Seen and Heard International, “Bouey responded with the kind of beguiling poetry that technical brilliance alone cannot liberate.” Her recent prizes include Grand Prize at the Vietnam International Chamber Competition, 1st Prize at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in the chamber division, Grand Prize at the Fischoff Competition, 1st place in the American Prize, and 2nd prize at the Osaka International Chamber Competition. Among her other top awards include the “Rooted to the Island Award” from Music PEI, Hugo Kortchak Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music, Heida Hermann International, Canadian National Music Festival, Queens Concerto Competition, and the Balsam Duo Competition. In addition, her ensemble, the Ulysses Quartet were Lisa Arnhold Fellows at the Juilliard School, serving as the School’s Graduate Resident String Quartet, from 2019-22.
Christina has performed as soloist with the Greenwich Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Salina Symphony, River Cities Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Tonkünstler Ensemble, Metro Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Symphony, Prince Edward Island Symphony, and the Banff Orchestra to name a few. She will be making her solo debut in Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium playing Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Senior Concert Orchestra of NY in the fall of 2022. Her solo and chamber credits in the United States include Carnegie Hall- Weill and Zankel Halls, Alice Tully Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Gilder Lehrman Hall, Schneider Series, Rockefeller Tri Noon Series, Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, Merkin Concert Hall, National Gallery of Art, Jordan Hall, Dame Myra Hess series, La Jolla SummerFest, Kneisel Hall Festival, Highlands-Cashiers Music Festival, Music Mountain, Chautauqua Institution, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City, Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, Eastman School of Music, Westchester Chamber Music Society, Mayfest at Cornell University, and the Kansas International Music Festival. Christina has also been invited to perform internationally in the Esterházy Palace in Austria, Taiwan National Recital Hall, Harbin Grand Theatre, Wigmore Hall, Sociedad Filarmonica de Bilbao, Ciclo De Camara y Solistas in Salamanca, Picasso Museum in Malaga, Premiere Performances Hong Kong, Vietnam Connection Music Festival, Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama, Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy, Teatro Mayor Julio Santo Domingo in Bogota, Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul, Winnipeg Virtuosi Concerts, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Cecilia Concerts in Halifax, Montreal Chamber Festival, Kelowna Community Concert Association and the Under The Spire Music Festival. She toured as a soloist for Prairie Debut during the 2021-22 season and Debut Atlantic during the 2017-18 season with pianist Pierre-Andre Doucet.
Christina has collaborated with artists such as David Chan, Jeremy Denk, Paul Coletti, Lynn Chang, Robert DeMaine, Simone Dinnerstein, Steven Doane, Rosemary Elliott, David Geber, Clive Greensmith, Marc-André Hamelin, Toby Hoffman, Chee-Yun Kim, Yura Lee, Max Levinson, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Bright Sheng, Lara St. John, and Benjamin Verdery.
Christina graduated from Manhattan School of Music (2013) with a Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance, studying with Glenn Dicterow and Lisa Kim as a full scholarship student, (2012) with a Professional Studies Certificate, studying with Laurie Smukler, and in 2011 she received a Master of Music, while studying with Nicholas Mann. Her Bachelor of Music (Magna cum laude) is from The Boston Conservatory; where she studied with Irina Muresanu as a full-scholarship student.
In June 2014, as part of the 150 year celebrations on PEI, Christina was commissioned to compose a solo violin piece for professional dancers from Ballet Jazz de Montreal and performed her own work for all 8 performances while being intertwined with the choreography. Christina is a member/founder of the Ulysses String Quartet. She plays a 1790 Storioni violin on generous loan from a private donor. Christina is very excited to announce her debut album being released later this year including the premiere of her own composition “Orpheus Romps Through The Underworld,” as well as the violin sonata “The Tempest” by Grammy nominated composer Joseph Summer. To keep up to date with Christina, you can follow her website www.christinabouey.com and various other social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.