Cellist Christina Gullans, praised for her “incredible depth” [Broadway World Review] on stage and “haunting” [Boston Arts Review] sound, is an avid performer and teacher. With an interest in collaborations that bridge different musical genres, Christina has led a diverse career performing in theaters, collaborating with cross-genre ensembles, working with contemporary classical composers, cultivating an appreciation for traditional music, and passionately educating young musicians.
In 2020, Christina will be releasing an album featuring cello works written by the prolific American composer Alan Hovhaness. Inspired by ancient Armenian, Japanese, and Indian musical elements, this collection of works reflects Hovhaness' renowned ability in synthesizing different musical traditions. Beautifully and powerfully written, these works bridge today's musical experiences to those from ancient times. Utilizing the cello's rich and expressive nature, often associated with the human voice, Hovhaness’ music reflects the timeless connection we have to past civilizations, to nature, and to one another.
Christina is a former member of the Boston String Quartet, an ensemble known for fusing contemporary music with classical traditions. She did extensive tours and performances with the ensemble, including; performances in Jordan Hall (Boston, MA), Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy NY), Gallagher Gluedorn Performing Arts Center (Cedar Falls, Iowa), Littman Theater (Miami Beach, FL). Her tenure included educational outreach programs with students across the country featuring many of her arrangements and compositions. Her collaborations with the quartet included performances with the Turtle Island Quartet, Lanny Meyers, and Orla Fallon from Celtic Woman.
In addition to the Boston String Quartet, she has performed with Maestro Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Orchestra and with Maestro Josep Vincent’s World Orchestra. She has participated in The Aspen Summer Festival Orchestra, The Spoleto Music Festival, Music Without Borders, and The Aurora Chamber Music Festival. She has had live performances broadcast on WGBH, IPR, and SIRIUS XM RADIO. In 2011, she was honored as Ambassador of Peace from the Fundacion Cultural de Praz in Santiago, Spain. She holds an M.M. from The Jacobs School of Music where she was awarded a Music Merit Award and E. Heinz Scholarship. Her past teachers include; Elizabeth Simkin, Janos Starker, Helga Winold, Csaba Onczay, and John Sant’Ambrogio. Christina lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband and son. She plays an American cello made by Charles Albert in 1886.
Photo by Eli Perez