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Hailed by the Washington Post as a musician with “…a clean, full-bodied tone and fleet fingers,” Krisztina Dér is a member of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Lecturer of Music at Guilford College. First-prize winner of the 2017 RAFA Artist and the 2009 FSW Collegiate Competitions, she has been a featured soloist with orchestras and has performed at the 2011 Jeunesses, 2014 Rosen-Schaffel, 2015 RAFA, and 2017 Myrna Brown Artist Competitions.

A champion of intermedia, her research has focused on the integration of flute music and lighting art, leading her to commission works for flute and light by Stuart Saunders Smith, Michael S. Rothkopf, and others. Her commissions, premieres, and subsequent videos have been funded in part by a series of grants from the Friends of Flutes Foundation and University of North Carolina Greensboro. Some recent flute/light performance invitations include: 2018 NFA Convention, 2018 Light City Baltimore, 2018 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, 2017 NSEME, University of North Carolina Pembroke, and University of Maryland Baltimore County.

As a pedagogue and ensemble director, Krisztina nurtures her students’ curiosity to develop their sense of self-motivation. She loves taking professional and student programs to unconventional environments in her community. In October 2017, this love resulted in her organization of pop-up orchestra performances in Greensboro, NC, that took the music of Mendelssohn to local grocery stores, coffee shops, and airports.

Krisztina received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from UNC Greensboro as an Adeliade Fortune Holderness Fellow, her Master of Music from UNC School of the Arts as a Nutcracker Scholar, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County as a Linehan Artist Scholar. In 2012 and 2013, she served as the Assistant Program Chair for the 2013 National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans. Some of her teachers include János Bálint, Erika Boysen, Tadeu Coelho, Lisa Cella, Gergely Ittzésand Alice Kogan Weinreb; and she has performed in masterclasses with flutists Robert Dick, Bradley Garner, Sir James Galway, Zoltán GyöngyössySusan Hoeppner, Marina Piccinini, Amy Porter, and Gary Schocker. Her adventures as a flutist began at the age of three, after she first heard a performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. She speaks fluent Hungarian, collects Knorr® products from around the world, and enjoys the whimsy of well-crafted children’s literature.

News and Reviews

The Retriever, “Lighten up the music”

myUMBC, “Krisztina Dér Wins 1st Prize in RAFA Artist Competition!”

Classical Voice of North Carolina, “Krisztina Dér and Wayne Reich: Flutist and Video Artist Meet at the Cutting Edge”

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