"Christina Jihee Nam, 14, from West Chester, Ohio began the evening with the Tchaikovsky performance. Confident in her technique and playing with consistently alluring tone, Nam breezed through the concerto and its many challenges with ease... Nam created special moments through her phrasing in the slow movement, and her finale was full of energy and forward motion."
-Daniel Hathaway, Clevelandclassical.com; July 25, 2017
"Continuing Seven Hills Sinfonietta's longstanding tradition of introducing new talent, we will have the pleasure of performing Mozart's 3rd violin concerto with 10-year-old violinist Christina Nam, a perfect fit, since the composer himself was also a child prodigy."
-Music Director William White; March 10, 2013
Since her solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Robert Trevino at age 9, virtuoso violinist Christina Nam (age 16) has concertized around the world appearing in recitals and as soloist with numerous orchestras across the globe.
Recipient of many accolades both at international and national competitions, Ms. Nam received second prize in the esteemed Cooper International Violin Competition where she appeared with Maestro Jahja Ling and the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Other prizes include semi-finalist at the 8th Louis Spohr International Competition (2016), semi-finalist at Johansen International Competition (2018), and top prizes and recognition from the Overture Awards, Louisville Orchestra Young Artists, Sejong Music, Clark J. Haines Memorial, Jack and Lucille Wonnell Young Artists, Lakeland Young Artists, Belew Young Artist, David L. Pierson Young Musicians Concerto Competition, Mary Lane Violin Competition, Frieda Schumacher Competition, Dayton Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Clifton Music Club, Cincinnati Symphony Club and Matinée Musicale Scholarship Competitions. Christina was invited to participate in the Junior category of the prestigious Menuhin Competition 2018 Geneva, Switzerland. During the competition, she was chosen as soloist with the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Musique de Genève under the baton of Maestro Antoine Marguier performing Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Christina also had an honor to represent USA at the Closing Gala Concert in the Bow Passing Ceremony for next Menuhin Competition, Richmond Virginia, USA 2020. Most recently, Christina was recognized as a 2019 National YoungArts Winner.
Nam’s solo career has included appearances with numerous symphony orchestras across the country. In addition to her performances with the prominent orchestras of Cincinnati and Cleveland, she has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, Miami Valley Symphony, Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony, Wright State University Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Ohio Valley Symphony, Lakeland Civic Orchestra, Seven Hills Sinfonietta, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Philharmonic, Cleveland Philharmonic and Butler Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also appeared twice as soloist with Philadelphia International Music Festival Orchestra with Maestro Cristian Macelaru as two-time winner of PIMF Competition. She is a frequent soloist with the Starling Chamber Orchestra, most notably at age 9 at the National Convention of American String Teachers Association in Atlanta, and in 2016 as soloist on the SCO’s China Tour. Her credits internationally also include an invitation in 2012 to perform in the very concert that inaugurated the Harpa International Music Academy in Reykjavik, Iceland. Recently, Christina was the violin soloist for Faure’s Requiem in a concert, Sing for a Cause project conducted by Maestro Louis Langrée of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
A devoted chamber musician, Christina has worked with members of the American, Ying, Cavani, Great Wall, Calidore, Borromeo, and Ariel string quartets, Christina is a founding member of Immaculata Chamber Music Series and performs regularly throughout the greater Cincinnati region. Recently her Éclatante String Quartet from Cincinnati Starling Project won Silver Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. A born leader, Ms. Nam serves as concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Walnut Hills High Chamber Orchestra, and the Starling Chamber Orchestra.
In the past, she has spent her summers traveling to various festivals at home and abroad. From the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, and the Cincinnati Young Artist Chamber Music Festival at home in Cincinnati to the Innsbrook Institute in Missouri and the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in Canada. She also participated in the Meadowmount School of Music in New York and the Heifetz International Music Institute in Virginia as a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Full Scholarship recipient.
Her recording and broadcast credits include two appearances on NPR’s radio show “From the Top” and PBS/CET’s “Showcase with Barbara Kellar”. Nam can be heard on Volumes I and II of the Violin Recital Album of Sassmannshaus Tradition published by Bärenreiter. Christina started playing the violin when she was only 4 years old and began studying with her current teacher, renowned pedagogue Kurt Sassmannshaus at the age of 7. Nam also studies with Associate Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, Amy J. Lee, and Jan Mark Sloman of the Cleveland Institute of Music.