Finalist: Christine Johnson
Christine B. Johnson has competed and performed to much acclaim in France, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Canada, and throughout the United States, and she has been awarded many prizes and top honors.
Recently, Christine won the Judges' Special Recognition Award at the Wideman Piano Competition and First Prize in the solo division at the Corpus Christi International Competition. In addition, she received Grand Prix at the 2005 Catania International Rachmaninoff Festival and Competition in Sicily, resulting in a performance with the Berlin RIAS Youth Orchestra. Christine has also received prizes at the Aaron Richmond Piano Competition, the Kingsville International Isabel Scionti Solo Piano Competition, and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
After a year of study in Europe with Phillipe Entremont, Boaz Sharon, Jerome Lowenthal and Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, Christine gave a performance at Paris’ École Normale de Musique and was awarded the International Certificate for Piano Artists. She is a graduate of Baylor University and Boston University where she received degrees in piano performance under the tutelage of Anthony di Bonaventura, Tong-il Han, and Krassimira Jordan.
In 2007, Christine gave a successful Washington, D.C. début at the Phillips Collection and was promptly invited to perform on the series again in 2008. In addition, she recently had the honor of studying in Paris with renowned French composer, Henri Dutilleux, on his Sonata. Other past honors include having a performance broadcast on NPR affiliates and performing a private concert for the U.S. Poet Laureate in 2002.