Cellist Christina Gullans praised for her “incredible depth” [Broadway World Review], “haunting sound” [Boston Arts Review], “exemplary musicianship” [Guy Rickards, Musical Opinion] is a Washington, D.C. based chamber musician with an interest in music semiology. Her playing has been heard in top concert halls around the world- such as Carnegie Hall, The National Auditorium in Madrid, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Jordan Hall, and Nation Center for Performing Arts in Beijing. She has also been heard on live National Public Radio and telecasts throughout the United States, Europe, and China. In 2020, Christina released Across the Ages, an album of works written by the prolific American composer Alan Hovhaness, with Albany Records. The CD has been praised as a much-needed and overdue addition to the American cello discography, and as an important act of rehabilitation for music that is almost unknown. She has led a diverse career performing in theaters, collaborating with cross-genre ensembles, working with contemporary classical composers and artists, and passionately educating young musicians. Christina holds an M.M. from Indiana University where she was awarded a Music Merit Award and E. Heinz Scholarship. Her past teachers include; Janos Starker, Helga Winold, Csaba Onczay, and John Sant’Ambrogio. She plays an American cello made by Charles Albert in 1886.
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Across the Ages Album
"This is a fine collection of his cello music, ending with a rather unusual 15–minute suite for cello and percussion—a transcription of a work he originally scored for South Indian instruments. The suite is well worth hearing and makes a colorful ending to a lovely program. [Gullans] plays this music with fine attention to its phrasing and thoughtful nature. Her pianist has made many recordings, and they work together beautifully. The recorded sound is fine"
-American Record Guide July/August 2020
"American cellist Christina Gullans is a highly persuasive advocate for Hovhaness’ music, with a rich, full tone, exemplary musicianship—especially in her partnership with Jeremy Filsell (familiar to British listeners perhaps from his recordings of Howells and Bernard Stevens)—and understanding of this composer’s richly varied cultural and musical palette. Albany’s sound is nicely balanced, not too closely miked, not too distant, especially in Nagooran where Gullans is never overpowered by the excellent percussion quintet of the Sowne Ensemble. A fine disc".
-Musical Opinion. Jan-Mar 2021
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American Record Guide Critics Choice 2020
Across the Ages is listed as one of five cello albums on the American Record Guide Critics Choice 2020 list.