Praised by Michael Miller of New York Arts as a “master of the modern piano”, the 2017 Carnegie Hall debut of Christina Kobb presented a program of Schumann’s sonata op 11 and related works.
In 2015, her research on piano technique of 1820s Vienna had been presented by the New York Times. This opened the door for a three weeks Introduction Tour of the US in November 2015, where she visited the radio station All Classical Portland, OR, and lectured at the renowned Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies in California. In May 2016, she gave a lecture recital at Harvard University, Quincy House.
Christina holds degrees (Cand. Mag. in piano teaching, BA fortepiano performance) and MA from the Norwegian Academy of Music (NAM), Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (BA, MA (cum laude) of fortepiano performance, with teachers Bart van Oort and Stanley Hoogland, and was honoured to receive a one-year studentship to the renowned Cornell University to study with prof. Malcolm Bilson (2009/10). Christina has appeared at various occasions in Norway, England, The Netherlands and the U.S. with solo recitals and chamber music concerts. She is the proud recipient of Pianist Nils Larsen’s bequest of 2016. Earlier in her career, she won the accompanist prize of ‘The John Kerr Award for English song’ (2006) at Finchcocks Musical Museum in Kent, England, and she received the ‘Muzio Clementi Award’ (2008). In 2007, she was awarded the coveted TICON scholarship.
For several years, Christina has been teaching classes at the Norwegian Academy of Music and she was appointed Head of Theory at Barratt Due Institute of Music (BDM) in Oslo in 2013. However, she left this position in 2015 to pursue performance and research. Her teaching duties (master students, bachelor students and young talents) included music history, music analysis, music theory, historical performance practice, piano minor, and sometimes ear training, in addition to a popular course on Schubert’s lieder.
Over the last years, Christina has presented her research at several international conferences and also developed a style of more informal lecture recitals aimed at the general, music loving audience. As a co-founder of the international online journal Music+Practice (www.musicandpractice.org), she develops her skills as a writer and editor.
For a list of interviews and press reviews, please visit this page.
The surprinsingly popular video where Christina demonstrates the Viennese keyboard technique of the 1820s has passed 160.000 views!
You can listen to Christina’s piano playing on soundcloud:
Schubert: Moments musicaux no. 3.
Hummel: Etude in E major from Etudes, op. 125.
Chopin: Etude in G-flat, op. 10, no. 5.
All examples are unedited and were recorded (in haste!) on 20. July on the original fortepiano by A. Graff (Vienna, ca 1825), restored by Edwin Beunk and owned by the Norwegian Academy of Music.