Christina Katsimbardis was born in Perth and began violin lessons at the age of 5 as part of the Suzuki Violin School. In 1994 she gained a combined academic and music scholarship to St. Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School. Christina became a student of Paul Wright whilst studying for a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Western Australia, which she completed with Honours in 2004.
In 2005 Christina relocated to Melbourne to study as a full scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music under Monica Curro. Still studying with Ms. Curro, she began a Master of Music degree at the University of Melbourne and graduated with High Distinction in 2007.
Christina is a keen chamber and orchestral musician and was a member of the West Australian Youth Orchestra from 1994 to 2003, participating in numerous national and international tours. She was concertmaster from 2001 to 2003 and was soloist for the 2003 European Tour.
She received the ArtsWA Senior Scholarship in 2002. Christina participated in many Australian Youth Orchestra programs from 2004 to 2007, often as a principal player, including the 2004 National Music Camp (where she performed the world premiere of Andrew Ford’s violin solo Motherwell at the Guggenheim), five AYO tour seasons (including 2004 European Tour), AYO/TSO Fellowship, AYO/MSO Fellowship, Camerata Australia and Chamber Music Development Camp. In 2009 Christina was Assistant Violin Tutor at National Music Camp in Adelaide.
Christina has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Orchestra Victoria, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, The Orchestra Project (Melbourne), the ANAM Orchestra and the Collegium Orchestra (Perth).
In 2006 she was a principal player in the Mozart 250th Anniversary Concert as part of the Festival of Perth, and performed in contemporary music concerts at BMW Edge as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. In 2009 Christina was the leader of the ANAM Chamber Ensemble in the production Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai, performed at the Malthouse Theatre. This performance was repeated at the 2010 Perth Festival.
Christina has performed in masterclasses for Richard Tognetti, Radoslaw Szulc, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Edward Melkus, Felix Andrievsky and Oleh Krysa. In 2005 she was selected for the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artist Program under the mentorship of Helena Rathbone. She regularly performs and tours with the ACO’s development orchestra, ACO2.
In 2007 Christina studied with Professor Francesco de Angelis at the Tibor Varga Summer Academy in Sion, Switzerland. In 2008 Christina spent a year in London studying privately with Professors David Takeno and Simon Standage with the assistance of the Tait Memorial Trust Scholarship, the PPCA Travel Grant and private donations.
In 2009/2010 Christina has returned to ANAM for further performance opportunities and study with Paul Wright. Christina plays on a 1958 A.E. Smith violin and an 1890 James Tubbs bow.