Christi Zuniga, piano
Christi Zuniga, principal keyboard of the Omaha Symphony, is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and earned her bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Clayton State College, where she studied with Jeannine Morrison. She received a master of music degree in chamber music and accompanying from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Vladimir Sokoloff and Keiko Sato. She previously performed with the Atlanta, Charleston, and Curtis symphony orchestras; the latter served as the resident orchestra of the Evian International Music Festival in France in 1990, under the leadership of Mstislav Rostropovich.
Before coming to Omaha, Christi was the staff accompanist and class piano instructor at Clayton State College. In addition to regular engagements with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, she also performed with fellow orchestra members and accompanied Atlanta Symphony Chorus rehearsals.
As an accompanist she has worked with performers in master classes taught by Jean-Pierre Rampal, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Lynn Harrell, Elly Ameling, David Gordon, Peter Lloyd, Bonita Boyd, and Paula Robison. She has collaborated with many visiting artists, including Joseph Alessi, Thomas Bacon, and Peter Verhoyen.
In addition to her full-time position with the Omaha Symphony, Christi accompanies musicians in and around Omaha for various concerts and competitions. She resides in Ralston with her husband and their Chihuahuas.