ACMF Artistic Director
AFAS Vice President
Christine Harada Li began her violin studies at the age of five in Illinois, USA, and piano since the age of nine. Her main teachers while growing up were Beverly Beheim for violin and Rumi Smith for piano. Dedicated to both instruments, Christine has competed in both violin and piano competitions. She has won awards in the Hannoversche Börse der Musiktalente Competition 2013 with Das Hammerstein Trio, Marguerite Downey Piano Competition, Alaska MTNA Piano/Violin Performance Competition, and Alaska State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival. In 2012, Christine was selected as the winner of the Young Alaskan Artist Award. Christine was also the winner of the 2009 Anchorage Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and 2009 Mary and Lucian Cassetta Scholarship.
Currently she is the director of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival and vice president of the Anchorage Fine Arts Society. In the past few months Christine has concertized in Germany, Spain, and Austria, collaborating with artists such as Andreas Eggertsberger and Das Hammerstein Trio. In 2012 Christine attended the Kfar Blum Festival in Israel where she studied with Alexandar Pavlovsky (first violin of the Jerusalem Quartet) and performed in chamber ensembles with Yehonatan Berick and members of the Berlin Philharmonic such as Guy Braunstein (former concertmaster), Amichai Gross (principal viola), and Emmanuel Pahud (principal flute). Christine has also performed as concertmaster with the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific where she studied with concertmasters of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, and Victoria Symphony (Canada).
Christine received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2013 at University of Michigan where she studied with Yehonatan Berick for violin, Arthur Greene for piano, and Yizhak Schotten for viola. She is now pursuing a Master of Music degree with Elisabeth Kufferath at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany.