Kristina Giles, viola


Based in New York City, Dr. 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 has become widely known as the first artist to record Campagnoli’s 41 Caprices for viola, available to view on YouTube.

Kristina is a member of the all-women’s group SIREN Baroque, and a section violist in the Berkshire Opera Festival. She regularly performs in New Yok’s finest concert halls and churches. Before living in New York, she performed with the Dallas Opera, Kansas City Symphony, and Huntsville Symphony. Past summer music festivals include Aspen as an orchestral fellow, Kneisel Hall, Longy Baroque Institute, and Sarasota.

Dr. Giles has a great passion for teaching, a vocation that she began at age 15. She maintains a thriving piano and strings studio on the Upper West Side. She is also the founder and director of the Riverside Community String Ensemble at The Riverside Church. Kristina holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory (B.A./B.M.), and Rice University (M.M.) and SUNY Stony Brook (D.M.A.), where she attended on full ride scholarships.

Kristina grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. She began learning piano at age 5, and the viola in public school at age 9. Dr. Giles lives on Manhattan’s Upper West side with her husband, three daughters, and two cats.