Christine Prince

B.Mus (UVic), M.Mus (Cal. State U)

As an active chamber musician and recitalist, violist Christine Prince has participated in festivals including Academia Chigianna (Italy), the International Musicians’ Seminar (Cornwall, U.K.), and the Hornby Island Festival (Canada). She performs regularly in several local chamber music series, including West Coast Chamber Music (Vancouver) and the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Faculty Concert series, which she founded and directed for 13 years.

Her eclectic musical interests include historically informed performance on period instruments and works by women composers. Christine has commissioned and premiered a number of works for the viola, including those of Canadian composers Steve Tittle, Sylvia Rickard, Stephen Brown, Wes Wraggett and Leila Lusitg. She is a keen advocate of contemporary music, which she features regularly in her programming.

Ms. Prince has enjoyed an extensive career as an orchestral musician in Europe and North America. A former member of the Santa Barbara Symphony, Los Angeles Debut Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony and the Omroeporkest (Broadcasting Orchestra, Holland), she currently plays in the Victoria symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, Pacific Baroque orchestra, the Vancouver opera orchestra, and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra.

Christine holds degrees from California State University and the University of Victoria and has completed advanced studies at the Banff Centre (Canada) and the Amsterdamsch Conservatorium (Holland). She has held teaching appointments at the University of Victoria and currently teaches violin, viola, and chamber music at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.