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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Christina and Michelle Naughton


Christina and Michelle Naughton

Christina and Michelle Naughton have been hailed by The San Francisco Examiner for their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery and awe-inspiring artistry.” They have captivated audiences throughout the globe with the unity engendered by their mystical musical communication. As quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Christina Naughton has said, “There are times I forget we are two people playing together.”

Recent years have featured the Naughtons as soloists with American orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta, Houston, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, San Diego, Virginia, Milwaukee and New Jersey Symphonies; the Minnesota Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic.  They have also appeared with orchestras around the world such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, St Petersberg Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic (at the Concertgebouw), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, New Zealand Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfonica do Estado Sao Paulo. 

American concert series have had Christina and Michelle in such venues as the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, New York City’s Lincoln Center Great Performers Concert series, the Schubert Club in St Paul, Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Fort Worth’s Cliburn Concerts. International recital highlights include Berlin’s Kammermusiksaal, Munich’s Herkulesaal, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, and Mexico City’s Pallacio de las Bellas Artes.

They have also appeared at summer festivals such as at France’s La Roque d’Antheron, Germany’s Kissinger Sommer, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, La Jolla Summerfest and Wyoming’s Grand Tetons Festival.

In February 2016 the Naughtons released their debut record on the Warner Classics label, titled “Visions,” featuring the music of Messiaen, Bach and Adams. The album received much critical acclaim, with The Washington Post hailing them as one of the “greatest piano duos of our time.” The record was chosen as “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone magazine.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, to parents of European and Chinese descent, Christina and Michelle are graduates of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. They are Steinway Artists and currently reside in New York City.