DR. CRISTINA BALLATORI serves as Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Texas at Brownsville where she enjoys an active career as a recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She has been a prizewinner in several competitions including the Flute Society of Washington, D.C.’s Young Artist Competition, the Bruce Ekstrand Competition, and the George Mason University Concerto Competition. Her doctoral thesis, “Suite Paysanne Hongroise for Flute and Piano by Béla Bartók/Arr. Paul Arma: A Performer’s Guide,” was named a winner of the National Flute Association’s Dissertation Competition for its outstanding contribution to flute research.
An energetic performer, Dr. Ballatori regularly appears throughout the United States as a member of the Semplice Duo with pianist, Dr. Kevin Chance, and as flutist with the Frontera Chamber Players. As winners of the 2004 Emerging Artist Series Competition, the Semplice Duo has been described by critics as “delightful performers” whose “music making was effortless and sparkling.” Recent performance highlights include concerts on the “Live from Hochstein” Series on public radio WXXI 91.5 FM, Colorado Music Festival, and Hampton Sydney Festival. Upcoming engagements include performances in Mexico, France, Nevada, Alabama, Mississippi, and New York. Dr. Ballatori has been a featured performer, clinician and adjudicator at festivals and conferences hosted by the Texas Music Educators Association, National Flute Association, Music Teachers National Association, Mid-South Flute Society, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, Florida Flute Association, Rochester Flute Association, College Music Society, and International Double Reed Society. Her orchestral experience includes a position as piccoloist of the Acadiana Symphony in Lafayette, Louisiana.
A passionate advocate for music education and a dedicated teacher, Dr. Ballatori has presented workshops for the Yehudi Menuhin Foundations “Live! Music Now” program, and given master classes at universities and public schools throughout the United States. In recognition of her teaching, she was nominated for 2011 Piper Professor Award at the University of Texas at Brownsville, where she maintains a studio of enthusiastic and accomplished students. She is a founding member and co-director of the Frontera Chamber Music Society, and serves as director of the Brownsville Flute Festival and coordinator of the National Flute Association’s High School Soloist Competition.
Dr. Ballatori completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The recipient of a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellowship, she received a postgraduate diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England where she studied with Peter Lloyd, retired principal flutist of the London Symphony Orchestra. She earned her Master of Music degree at Louisiana State University and her Bachelor of Music degree at George Mason University. Her major teachers include Alexa Still, Katherine Kemler, Judith Lapple, and Diane Smith with additional studies under Bonita Boyd.