ACMF Artistic Director
AFAS Vice President
Violinist 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. Most recently she won 1st prizes with her piano trio (Koinonia Trio) at the Briggs Chamber Music Competition and East Central MTNA Chamber Music Competition. In addition, 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, among others. In 2012, Christine was selected as the winner of the Young Alaskan Artist Award and Scholarship. Christine was also the winner of the 2009 Anchorage Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and 2009 Mary and Lucian Cassetta Scholarship. Christine made her international debut when she was 10 years old at the Talent Education Research Institute’s Suzuki Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan. In the past few years she has performed in the USA, Canada, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, and Israel.
Christine graduated summa cum laude from University of Michigan School of Music and completed her Master of Music degree at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany. Her principal teachers here were Yehonatan Berick, Elisabeth Kufferath, Anne Röhrig (baroque), and Arthur Greene (piano). Currently Christine is a Doctorate student studying with David Halen.
Christine is the Artistic Director and founder of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival in Alaska and Vice President of the Anchorage Fine Arts Society, a non-profit organization that advocates learning, teaching, and preserving the arts. She is also Co-Education Director at Innsbrook Institute.