Photo by Paco Montañés

Photo by Paco Montañés

Christin Danchi is a collaborative violinist and violist with a passion for exploring connections between music and visual arts, politics, sports, and other disciplines. Her performance interests include solo, chamber and orchestral collaborations. She has performed at a variety of locations including the North Carolina House of Representatives, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Saint Patrick’s National Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, the Antiguo Convento de la Trinidad in Alcalá la Real, Spain, and Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh. She has worked with conductors Manfred Honeck, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Joseph Silverstein, Gerard Schwarz, Paul Polivnick, Barry Douglas, and Andrés Cárdenes. Christin played baroque violin as part of the UNC Baroque Ensemble and has experience in chamber music from the Baroque to the contemporary.  

Christin also enjoys southern and Irish fiddle music, as well as sacred collaborations in her church. She is an active freelance performer in and around her home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Some of her recent appearances include September 2018 solo performances at the Thrival Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, and collaborative work with pianist Jonathan Levin for an “Americans in Paris” performance at the 7th Annual Clayton Piano Festival in Clayton, NC. Christin works as the Annual Giving Coordinator for the North Carolina Symphony and is honored to serve on the boards of the Philharmonic Association and the Clayton Piano Festival.

During her undergraduate studies, Christin collaborated in a performance of Hanns Eisler’s film composition 14 Arten den Regen zu beschreiben, (14 Ways to Describe Rain) with its original 1929 art film "Rain," by Joris Ivens, as part of the Talking Music Series at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This experience provided inspiration for Fiddling with Film, Christin's project dedicated to commissioning solo violin film scores for silent films. The first premiere in May of 2014 featured a solo violin score entitled "Launch Sequence" by composer Ash Stemke for Georges Méliès’ 1902 film, Le Voyage dans la lune. In May of 2016, "Launch Sequence" was selected to be part of the Carnegie Mellon University Moon Arts project and will be included in the collaborative MoonArk "museum" that will accompany an Astrobotic rover on its 238,900-mile journey to the moon in 2020. Fiddling with Film's second project culminated in the April 2015 premiere of composer Dayton Kinney's solo violin film score for the 1938 short film, "An Optical Poem," by German avant-garde artist Oskar Fischinger. 

Growing up in Raleigh, Christin started playing violin at age four under the instruction of Wilinda Atchley in the Meredith College Suzuki Program. With three siblings who also play violin, there was always something musical happening in the Danchi home. Christin went on to study with Dr. Richard Luby at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was concertmaster of the UNC Symphony Orchestra for two years and received a bachelor’s degree in music with highest distinction. She also received highest honors for her undergraduate thesis entitled Hanns Eisler’s Deutsche Sinfonie and Adrian Leverkühn’s Lamentation of Doctor Faustus: Taking Back Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which explored issues of music and politics surrounding Germany in the 1930s and 40s. Christin received her master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 and completed post-graduate studies at CMU with Andrés Cárdenes in May of 2016. 

Christin has a variety of interests outside of music. Her work from 2007 to 2016 as a Legislative and Research Assistant at the North Carolina General Assembly has given her a unique perspective on the relationship between state government and the arts, as well as an inside view of the processes of state government. Christin is also an amateur astronomer and enjoys a clear evening out in the country observing the planets and the stars with her Intelliscope. Having grown up in Tobacco Road, ACC Basketball continues to be an important part of her life from October through April (Go Duke!), while her multiple hybrid tea rose bushes keep her busy the rest of the year. She can also frequently be found baking something to satisfy her insatiable sweet tooth or romping with Riley (her five-year-old Westie).