Based in New York City, Dr. Kristina Giles (neé Hendricks) enjoys a creative and varied musical career. Trained as a classical violist, she has become known for her artistry on both the violin and viola and their baroque counterparts. She has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and China, and recorded solo improvisations on folk and country albums. She has become widely known as the first artist to record all 41 of Campagnoli's Caprices for Solo Viola, available to view on YouTube.
Kristina’s love of new music has led her to work with Mason Bates, Gunther Schuller, Joan Tower, Harrison Birtwistle Oliver Knussen, and other prominent composers on their chamber and solo works. Equally passionate about period Baroque performance, and she has collaborated and studied with Manfredo Kraemer, Arthur Haas, Jeanette Sorrell, Robert Mealy and Jörg-Michael Schwarz. She is a member of NYC-based groups SIREN Baroque, and performs frequently with REBEL Baroque, Brooklyn Baroque, Ars Antiqua, and Dorian Baroque. Before moving to New York in 2008, she performed with the Dallas Opera, Kansas City Symphony, and Huntsville Symphony, and played in various festivals including Aspen, Sarasota, Longy Baroque Institue and Kneisel Hall.
Dr. Giles has a great passion for teaching, a vocation that began when she acquired her first student at age 15. She received her D.M.A. at SUNY Stony Brook in 2011. As a co-founder of Hudson Music Group, she maintains a thriving piano and strings studio on the Upper West Side. She is also the founder and director of the Riverside Youth String Ensemble (RYSE) at The Riverside Church.
Kristina grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. Her principal teachers include Peter Slowik (Oberlin Conservatory), James Dunham (Rice University) Katherine Murdock and Daniel Panner (SUNY Stony Brook), and Jörg Michael Schwarz. She lives on Manhattan's Upper West side with her husband, three daughters, and two cats.