Christine harada li, violin
Violinist Christine Harada Li is a versatile artist who is devoted to inspiring audiences through solo, chamber and orchestral music, and has performed across the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, and Israel. 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 exceptional artists, including David Halen, Yehonatan Berick, Gilles Apap, Guy Braunstein, Amihai Grosz, Zvi Plesser, Ayano Ninomiya, members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Calidore String Quartet, and others. Christine has had the opportunity to perform as an extra musician in orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and Ann Arbor Symphony. She has performed in notable halls, including the Konzerthaus Berlin, the historical Hill Auditorium, and Mitsunaka Hall in Japan. In addition to performing, Christine takes leadership in various art organizations and serves as Artistic Director and founder of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, Co-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. Dedicated to both instruments, Christine competed in both violin and piano competitions. Most recently she won the University of Michigan Concerto Competition with Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto. She also won 1st Prizes with the Koinonia Trio in the 2017 Briggs Chamber Music Competition and the East Central MTNA Chamber Music Competition. She has won awards in the Hannoversche Börse der Musiktalente Competition 2013 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 also the winner of the 2009 Anchorage Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and 2009 Mary and Lucian Cassetta Scholarship. 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).