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. The commissions, premieres, and subsequent videos were funded in part by a series of grants from the Friends of Flutes Foundation and University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has been invited to perform her flute/light program at venues including the 2018 National Flute Association Convention, the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, Louisiana State University, the University of North Carolina Pembroke, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
As a pedagogue, Krisztina nurtures her students’ curiosity to develop their sense of self-motivation. She has been invited to teach workshops nationally at universities and music schools regarding extended techniques and motivating student practice. She directs, curates, and conducts local chamber ensembles, taking programs to unconventional environments in the community.
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 Ittzés, and Alice Kogan Weinreb; and she has performed in masterclasses with flutists Robert Dick, Bradley Garner, Sir James Galway, Zoltán Gyöngyössy, Susan 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.
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