Harpist Christina Kant is a dedicated performer with a love of sharing music. Most recently, she made her solo debut with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra in December 2021, as the winner of the 2021 Concerto Competition. As an up-and-coming young artist, Christina was listed as one of CBC Music’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” in 2021. She is the recipient of various awards and scholarships, including two Royal Conservatory of Music Gold Medals and the 2019 Nancy Allen Harp Scholarship from the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar.
Christina currently performs with the Manhattan School of Music Orchestras, and previously performed frequently with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble (2018-2022). She is an alumna of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2020, 2021) and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra (2015-2018) and was a returning guest harpist with the Georgian Bay Symphony (2019-2021) and the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra (2018).
Christina has hosted and curated the programs for fundraising recitals for youth ministry and to sponsor refugee families, and participates frequently in local festivals. She actively collaborates with composers and other musicians to promote new music and increase the harp repertoire, both solo and ensemble.
Her musical studies began with piano and harp at a young age in Edmonton, AB, where she studied with Nora Bumanis, Principal Harpist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Christina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Harp Performance with Honours from the University of Toronto, where she studied with internationally renowned harpist Judy Loman. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in New York City at the Manhattan School of Music with Mariko Anraku, Associate Principal Harp of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.