Christine Grossman, viola.

Christine Grossman began playing the violin at the age of 5, piano at 10, and viola at 16. As a child, she made occasional television appearances with her violin, most notably several performances on PBS’ “Sesame Street.” She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in viola performance from the Juilliard School where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory and Hsin-Yun Huang. Grossman has participated in numerous summer music festivals including Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), Taos Chamber Music, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, Deer Valley Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Festival Mosaic, and she was awarded a fellowship to attend Tanglewood Music Center for two summers in a row. Her orchestral experience includes principal and assistant principal chairs with the Delaware Symphony, Reading Symphony, New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and the New York String Seminar. Grossman was previously a member of the California Quartet, based in Southern California. They were finalists in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Chesapeake Competition and semi-finalists in the Premio Gui Quartet Competition in Florence, Italy. Before joining the Kansas City Symphony as principal viola at the beginning of the 2008-09 season, she resided in Philadelphia, where she studied privately with Roberto Diaz and held the associate principal viola position with the Delaware Symphony. In fall 2010, Grossman performed as a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony in three performances of Berlioz’s "Harold in Italy."