Pianist Kristie Born has performed a wide range of solo, chamber, and large ensemble music. At age 16, after winning first prize in the Ruth Schmidt Piano Competition, she made her solo debut with the Hollywood Philharmonic, performing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. Tim Smith in a review in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel wrote “…there was in her playing an often arresting communicative quality.” While studying abroad, she presented solo and chamber recitals in Eppingen, Freiburg, and Karlsruhe, Germany. As an orchestral pianist, Ms. Born has performed in Tchaikovsky Hall and the Moscow Conservatory in Russia. She has worked as vocal coach and pianist in Kofu, Japan, Rome and Levanto, Italy, Gothenburg, Sweden, and Salzburg, Austria.
Ms. Born and duo piano partner Rose Schlyam Grace have given concerts throughout central Florida, among them a multi-media presentation of Erik Satie’s Parade that included dancers, live percussion sound effects, and a slide-show featuring Pablo Picasso’s original artwork for the ballet’s Paris premiere.
As an active proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Born has premiered the works of several composers, most notably, 3 Ponteios (em miniatura), para flauta e pian by Brazilian composer Paolo Costa Lima at the 2004 Florida Flute Festival in Daytona Beach and Faded Anecdotes: Five Images for Solo Piano, a workcomposed for her by Syd Hodkinson, at Stetson University’s Sounds New Composer’s Series in 2011. In collaboration with tenor Stephen NG, she presented works by Berklee College of Music composition faculty in the Concerts at Berklee series. A CD of Boston-based composer Kari Juusela’s vocal music recorded by Kristie Born and Stephen NG will be released later this year.
Ms. Born’s interest in promoting the works of African-American and women composers, has led to a continuing collaboration with mezzo-soprano Jane Christeson. Together they present the annual Black Composers Concert series at Stetson University and have concertized and toured Florida and the southeast, performing and lecturing on works of African-American and women composers.University of Miami. She pursued further studies at the Manhattan School of Music and the Musikhochschule Freiburg.
Since 2005, Kristie Born has been a member of the faculty of Stetson University’s School of Music, where she teaches accompanying and class piano, coordinates the areas of Accompanying and Functional Keyboard, coaches the Stetson Opera Theater, and collaborates with faculty, guest artists, and students in recitals during the academic year. In addition, she has co-directed and co-coordinated both an Elgar and a Schubert festival presented by university faculty and guests at the School of Music.