Recorder, Early Music
Christine Rua graduated magna cum laude with a B.M. from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam, NY with a teaching degree and a focus in oboe. She has recently completed a 10 year tour with Cirque du Soleil’s show Varekai, having performed over 3000 shows all over the World in 25 countries, from Sydney to Seoul, Rio to Russia as well as the Royal Albert Hall in London. While with Cirque she played a wide range of instruments including recorders, flutes, oboe, clarinet, shawms, bombards, bagpipes, percussion and as a vocalist. Before Cirque she lived in the Boston area and was involved in the world of Early Music. She was inspired by the teachings and approach to sound of Marleen Montgomery, director of The Quadrivium, an ensemble who performed Early Music in innovative and creative ways and she also studied recorder with Marion Verbruggen and with Owen Watkins. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist, playing recorders, historical flutes, reeds, bagpipes and percussion as well as singing. She has performed, recorded and toured with such ensembles as The Quadrivium, Libana, The Christmas Revels in Cambridge, Washington, Philadelphia and Hanover, NH, Early Music New York, Piffaro, Ex Umbris and with Anne Azema of the Boston Camerata.