Christina McGann

Christina McGann has an active performing career as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. She has been a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony, and the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C. She was most recently named first violinist of The iO Quartet, currently the Graduate String Quartet in-Residence at SUNY Purchase.

She has had great success at national and international competitions, winning First Prizes at the National Symphony Young Soloist Competition, the Lennox Competition, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, junior division. She was also awarded Third Prize at the Johansen International Competition.

Christina has also served as concertmaster of the Music Academy of the West orchestra, the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at New England Conservatory.

Her musical education began at Peabody, Preparatory Division with Elizabeth Bellamy and Victor Danchenko. Later, she also studied with Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music Young Artist Program and the New England Conservatory Pre-College program. Currently, Christina studies with Robert Mann and Nicholas Mann at the Juilliard School, where she was one of the few students to be admitted with Presidential Distinction. She will complete her Bachelor of Music degree in 2007.

Christina has attended music festivals around the world, including Yellow Barn (Vermont),Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara), Keshet Eilon (Israel), Ishikawa Music Academy (Japan), International School for Musical Arts (Canada), and ENCORE School for Strings(Ohio). This summer she plans to attend Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine.