Glasgow-born Christina Knox started to learn the violin at the age of six and has immersed herself in musical activities since then. She has performed with Scotland’s Children’s and Youth Orchestras, NYOS Futures and the prestigious Camerata Scotland, where she was leader on its summer tour in 2006. In 2001 she won a scholarship from the Glasgow Music Festival to attend a European Youth Summer Music Course, and two years’ running she won the St Mungo Trophy and the Grace Dick Memorial Prize for String Playing.
Christina is currently on a joint course at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where she is achieving success. In her first and second years at College she won the Hargreaves Fund Prize for coming top of the year. Christina is particularly passionate about chamber music and regularly performs recitals in and around Manchester with her string quartet. Her long-term ambition is to become a top-flight performer in Scotland.
Christina has been playing with a bow which was bought a long time ago. In order to achieve her full potential she needs a professional bow to take her into her career.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award enabled Christina to purchase such a professional-quality violin bow.
Since the Award
Subsequently, Christina gained a first class degree from the University of Manchester and plans to pursue postgraduate study in performance. She has given solo recitals with the Telemann Ensemble in Glasgow and Millport, travelled to Norway with Camerata Scotland and studied for three months at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with the renowned Polish violinist, Wanda Wilkomirska. She performs regularly with her quartet, the Albion String Quartet.