Christina Bouey, Concertmaster
Percy Browning 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 violinist, Christina Bouey (concertmaster, Percy Browning Chair), 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 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, are Lisa Arnhold Fellows at Juilliard, serving as the School’s Graduate Resident String Quartet, an appointment that has been extended through May 2022.
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 Tchaikovksy Concerto with the Senior Concert Orchestra of NY in the fall of 2022. Her solo and chamber credits include Carnegie Hall- Weill and Zankel Halls, Esterházy Palace, Alice Tully Hall, Taiwan National Recital Hall, Harbin Grand Theatre, Jordan Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Schneider Series, Rockefeller Tri Noon Series, Dame Myra Hess series, the National Arts Centre, La Jolla SummerFest, Premiere Performances Hong Kong, Vietnam Connection Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Festival, Emilia Romagna Festival, Harvard Club of New York, Montreal Chamber Festival (Salle Bourgie), Mayfest at Cornell, Debut Atlantic, Kansas International Music Festival, L’Archet Concert Group and the Indian River Festival. She will tour as a soloist for Prairie Debut during the 2021-22 season.
Christina has collaborated with artists such as David Chan, Jeremy Denk, Paul Coletti, Lynn Chang, Robert DeMaine, 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, and Lara St. John.
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, professional dancers from Ballet Jazz de Montreal performed a modern dance to her first compositional commission for solo violin, with Christina playing it on the violin. Christina is currently serving as concertmaster of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and is a member/founder of the Ulysses String Quartet. She plays the 1728 “Artot” Stradivarius on generous loan from the Juilliard School. Christina is very excited to announce her debut album being released later this year including her own composition. 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.