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The Orchestra: Christina Mahler: Violoncello

 

Dutch cellist Christina Mahler immigrated to Canada in 1981 to serve as principal cellist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra, a position she has held ever since. Reviews often praise her rich sound, energetic playing, and insightful musicianship. Christina has played and recorded numerous concertos with Tafelmusik, including works by Boccherini, Haydn, Vivaldi, C.P.E. Bach, and Leonardo Leo. She is very fortunate to own a beautiful baroque cello made by José Contreras, the “Stradivarius” of Spain. Christina is a very devoted and gifted teacher, and students have come from around the world to study with her, not only through the Tafelmusik Summer and Winter Institutes, but also at the University of Toronto and in her private studio. After 38 years as principal cellist of Tafelmusik, Christina has decided that it is time to step away from the fast pace of touring and concert performing. The 2018/19 season will be her last as a full-time member of the orchestra. She plans to focus on chamber music, teaching, and pursuing her hobbies, such as pottery.

Photo credit: Sian Richards