Kristina Szutor

Kristina SzutorProfessor

B.Mus. (British Columbia)
M.Mus. (Julliard)
D.M.A. (British Columbia)
Room: MU-2007

Originally from Vancouver, pianist Kristina Szutor has been hailed as an artist who plays "with brilliance and meticulous sensitivity" (American Record Guide). She has been a faculty member at the School of Music since 1991 during which time she has become widely known for her interest in contemporary music, especially that which has strong links to the past. This is an area of repertoire that she has explored in recitals that have taken her from Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro and throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in recordings.

The first of her solo piano CDs entitled Bookends in Time (1999), presents music from both the beginning and the end of the twentieth century while the second, entitled Après Scarlatti (2010) brings together a variety of contemporary pieces all written in homage to the great Baroque keyboard master, Domenico Scarlatti. Kristina has also enjoyed many years of fruitful collaborations with her School of Music colleagues. Several of these have resulted in recordings such as Songs and Sonnets, (2004) with soprano Jane Leibel, Voyage to Canada (2014) with soprano Caroline Schiller, and To Greet the Sun with flautist Michelle Cheramy, soon to be released. Kristina is a past recipient of the President’s Research Award, recognizing her strong record of work in performance.

The daughter of Hungarian refugees who came to Canada after the revolution of 1956, Kristina started piano lessons with her father at an early age. She went on to study under renowned Canadian pianist Robert Silverman at UBC and with Sascha Gorodnitzki and Janina Fialkowska at Juilliard which she attended with the assistance of a Canada Council grant. Additional instruction and inspiration have come from Richard Kitson, Ivan Moravec, Richard Goode and Madeleine Bruser.

Aside from performing and recording, Szutor is a dedicated, intuitive and passionate teacher who cultivates enthusiasm and confidence in her students and a close, collegial atmosphere amongst students in her studio. Many of her protégées have gone on to graduate studies at schools such as UBC, Stony Brook and University of Toronto while others have contributed to musical life as recording artists, choir directors, accomplished collaborative artists and teachers.

Kristina Szutor has also been active as an adjudicator in both local and provincial music festivals as well national events including the Juno Awards and the Eckhardt Gramatté competition.