Based in New York City, 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 is the founder and executive director of The Colonials, America's only "Trout" quintet.
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 The Colonials, and performs frequently with REBEL Baroque, Brooklyn Baroque, Ars Antiqua, and Dorian Baroque.
Before moving to NYC 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.
Kristina 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. She maintains a thriving piano, violin, and viola studio on the Upper West Side, and also directs the Violin program at the Alexander Robertson School and the Riverside Youth String Ensemble at The Riverside Church.
Kristina grew up in the Kansas City area. Her principal teachers include Peter Slowik, James Dunham, Katherine Murdock and Daniel Panner, at Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University and SUNY Stony Brook. She lives on Manhattan's Upper West side with her husband, two daughters, and cat.