Krisztina Wajsza, pianist of Hungarian origin, was born in Cluj, Romania.
Krisztina attended her first piano lesson at age of six with Walter Metzger in Cluj. Her family immigrated to Switzerland in 1980, and she achieved her solo diploma at the Conservatory in Bern in 1988, after which she continued her studies at the Juilliard School in New York with Joseph Kalichstein, achieving an Advanced Certificate in 1991. She went on to earn an Artist Diploma at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she was a student of the late, distinguished Prof. György Sebök. Krisztina was a first prize winner at the Mozart Competition in New York, in 1990. She gave her debut in 1990 at Alice Tully Hall in New York, and in 1999 at the Konzerthaus in Vienna with the Wiener Kammerorchester and at the Brucknerhaus in Linz.
Krisztina has been a soloist with several orchestras, including: Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Camerata Academica Bayreuth, Transylvania State Orchestra, Gelsenkirchen Philharmonie, Chamber Orchestra of Bern, Trier State Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, and Argauer Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. In April 2005 she gave her solo recital debut at Wigmore Hall in London. She has toured in solo and chamber music performances with engagements in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Mozambique, Chile, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania and the US. In 2012 she was invited to perform at the International Piano Festival in St. Ursanne, Switzerland, where she premiered Grammy Award winning Fernando Otero`s composition "Hommage à Debussy.” In 2014 she collaborated in chamber music formations with the violinist Hansheinz Schneeberger and the Villena-Mandozzi-Wajsza Trio. (Bandoneon - Cello- Piano)
Krisztina regularly performs in Switzerland with the Argentinian bandoneon player Victor Villena. Shealso co-founded the Otero-Wajsza Piano Duo, based on the compositions of Fernando Otero, with whom concerts are scheduled for 2016. In July 2015, Krisztina became the widow of the US guitarist Benjamin Bunch, with whom she has two daughters.
Wigmore Hall Debut ...she is one of the rare pearls....she became the composer `s soulmate ...there are stars, old and new who in the live performances I have attended, never reached the depth of Krisztina Wajsza at Wigmore Hall.-Louis Gerber Cosmopolis www.cosmopolis.ch
It was in Bartok`s Sonata of 1926 that Wajsza really gripped the audience with a wonderfully stylistic essay.- Musical Opinion London U.K
In a word:class -La Tribune de Genéve (Switzerland)
...she enchanted the audience with her intensity, sensibility and brilliance-Der Bund (Bern, Switzerland)
A Thusday afternoon of great class One could bet that Krisztina Wajsza will be considered one day the Grand Dame of the Piano........magnificent recital. -International Piano Festival St. Ursanne