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August 8-21, 2022

Executive Director

Krista Vincent

Krista Vincent started her musical career in the small town of Lewisporte, NL. She has gone on to become a dedicated specialist in the performance and interpretation of contemporary music, with a career spanning three continents as pianist, composer and actress, and arts administrator.

Krista graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in performance and with a minor in music technology from McGill University (Montréal). As a student in Canada she worked with a.o. Louis-Phillipe Pelletier, André Laplante and Dmitry Rachmanov, and has represented Newfoundland at the Canadian Music Competition as well as the CIBC National Music Festival. Krista was a finalist in the McGill Concerto Competition and has performed with ensembles and orchestras across Quebec.

In 1999 Krista moved to the Netherlands to study Sonology (electronic music performance and composition) at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2003 she graduated with a Master’s Degree, studying performance art and piano. Krista worked with leading composers while in the Netherlands, including Steve Reich, Frederick Rzewski, Louis Andriessen, Steve Martland, Martijn Padding, and groups such as the Residentie Orkest, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Slagwerk Groep Den Haag, Leine Roebana, Suzy Blok, ZT Hollandia and VeenFabriek. Krista is a founding member and former co-artistic director of the Amsterdam-based contemporary music theatre group Soil Ensemble, and has toured several projects commissioned and performed by the ensemble. Working as electronic music composer and performer, Krista Vincent has created three full-length theater and dance works that have also gone on to tour throughout the Netherlands.

In 2007, Krista returned to st. John’s, Newfoundland with her young family where she was active for many years as pianist, teacher and accompanist, collaborating for the Music at Memorial concert series and appearing on the CBC programs Musicraft and the Signal. In 2008, Krista founded the music theatre group Ora Ensemble. Ora’s projects included an English-language adaptation of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire for the Festival of New Dance (Sick Moon, 2012), and a two-piano arrangement of the Rite of Spring with pianist Simon Docking, dancer Lynn Panting and visual artist Liz Solo (Rites, 2013). Solo and electronic projects have taken her to Amsterdam, Toronto, and Halifax, as well as a residency with the Noiseborder Ensemble at the University of Windsor, Ont. Krista completed a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2014. Her research interests include reception of classical and contemporary classical music, and audience outreach and development.

From 2016-2018, Krista was the Marketing Coordinator for the Canberra International Music Festival in Canberra, Australia, and in 2019, she fulfilled the role of manager with Kittiwake Dance Theatre.

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