B.Mus. (British Columbia)
D.M.A. (British Columbia)
Originally from Vancouver, pianist Kristina Szutor has been a faculty member at the School of Music since 1991. Since that 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 interest that she has explored both in recordings as well as recitals that have taken her from Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro and throughout Canada and the United States. In the first of her two solo piano CDs entitled Bookends in Time (1999), she presents music from both the beginning and the end of the twentieth century - Ravel, Bartok, Rachmaninov in the first half and Muczynski, Mozetich and John Burge in the second - together with a work that was especially commissioned for the album, Clark Ross’s Last Dance. This piece was subsequently nominated for a Juno award. Her second and more recent solo CD entitled Apres Scarlatti (2010) brings together a variety of contemporary pieces all written in hommage to the great Baroque keyboard master, Domenico Scarlatti. Two newly commissioned works appear on this album as well, one by Clifford Crawley - a suite in three movements bearing the title of the album - Apres Scarlatti and a pair of contrasting works - Domenico I and II - again by Clark Ross. The American Record guide reviewed the album and found that “she handles these pieces with brilliance and meticulous sensitivity”. Kristina has also enjoyed her collaborations with School of Music colleagues on several other recording projects which have resulted in two vocal CDs, Songs and Sonnets, (2004) with soprano Jane Leibel and Voyage to Canada (2013) with soprano Caroline Schiller as well as a disc of contemporary flute music To Greet the Sun with flautist Michelle Cheramy soon to be released. Other commissioned works have included pieces by Chan Ka Nin and Marjan Mozetich. Szutor 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, Szutor started piano studies 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 - one of the only students of the late, great Arthur Rubinstein - at Juilliard which she attended with the assistance of a Canada Council grant. Additional instruction and inspiration have come from 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 Grammatte competition.