Hailed by the New York Times for her “promethean talent” at age 14, Christina Petrowska Quilico has appeared on the recital stage at such prestigious halls as Carnegie, Alice Tully and Merkin.
Concert tours have taken her, as a soloist and with baritone Louis Quilico, across four continents -- to Taiwan, the Middle East, France, Germany, Greece and Ukraine, and throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Her orchestral collaborations have ranged from most of Canada’s leading ensembles to the symphony orchestras of Greek Radio and Taipei.
Trained at the Juilliard School in the grand Russian and European traditions, Petrowska Quilico studied with the legendary Rosina Lhévinne as well as with Irwin Freundlich and Jeaneane Dowis.
On a French Government Grant for Doctoral studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, she also took further studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gyorgy Ligeti in Europe, and later received coaching from John Cage and Pierre Boulez.
Her knowledge and appreciation of modern music and its demands on the artist has resulted in her long being sought out by contemporary composers. She has premiered more than 100 new works, including no fewer than 16 contemporary piano concerti.
Some of these performances are captured on her Centrediscs CDs 3 Concerti and Eclipse and the upcoming Inspiration; and on Contemporary Piano Concerti (CBC Records). She has also recorded three virtuosic cycles by Ann Southam (1937-2010) for Centrediscs: Rivers, Pond Life, and most recently Glass Houses Revisited, which she edited and revised with the composer’s blessing, and which was launched at a concert March 17 at the Glenn Gould Studio. Her 25th CD, The Liszt Anniversary Collection, was also launched at that concert.
Petrowska Quilico received the 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award from the Canadian Music Centre and Canadian League of Composers, and was among those honoured for having helped raise the profile of Canadian music, at the CMC’s 50th anniversary celebration at the National Arts Centre in 2009. Invited to perform there, she played Ann Southam’s Glass Houses No. 5. In 2010, Petrowska Quilico and composer Constantine Caravassilis were jointly named the first winners of the 2010 Harry Freedman Recording Award, from the CMC’s Harry Freedman Fund.
Equally proficient in the standard repertoire, Petrowska Quilico imparts her knowledge at York University, as Professor of Piano and Musicology, Director of Classical Piano and a member of the Graduate Faculty. Her 27 recordings include CDs of Debussy and Messiaen, Chopin and Liszt, and art song and operatic aria recitals with her late husband, Metropolitan Opera baritone Louis Quilico.
“A promethean talent” … “An extraordinary talent with phenomenal ability...dazzling virtuosity” ~The New York Times
“An astonishing pianist.” ~The Toronto Star
“Dynamic...Dramatic...Profiled expressiveness.” ~Los Angeles Times
York University profile: http://www.yorku.ca/finearts/faculty/profs/petrows/petrows.htm