One of the Boston areaís busiest freelancers, Kristina Nilsson has played regularly in the first violin sections of the Boston Pops Esplanade and Boston Ballet orchestras for over 20 years. She has also appeared as soloist with both the Esplanade (under John Williams) and the Boston Ballet (in Vaughan-Williamsí "Lark Ascending"), as well as with National Symphony (Wash., D.C.), Newton Symphony, Brockton Symphony, Quincy Symphony, Boston Lawyersí Orchestra, Brookline Symphony, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, of which she is a co-founder, and with which she has co-soloed with Joseph Silverstein (former Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony). In October of this season, she premiered, along with Arturo Delmoni, a new piece for two violins, written by Leonardo Ciampa.
Currently holding the position of Concertmaster with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Newton Symphony, Brockton Symphony, and the orchestras of Chorus Pro Musica and Coro Allegro, she has also served in that capacity with Harvard Chamber Orchestra, Harvard Collegium and Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, Wellesley Symphony, Lake George Opera, the orchestra of Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, and the Berkshire Music Festival Orchestra at Tanglewood, where as a fellow she received the Joseph Silverstein Prize for Excellence in Violin Playing, endowed by Joseph Gingold.
Under the auspices of the American Schubert Institute, Ms. Nilsson has publicly performed every violin work in the Schubert oeuvre, both chamber and solo works, including most recently the New England premiere of his "Conzertstuck" for Violin and Orchestra, with the Pro Arte.
With her two sisters, also professional violinists, Ms. Nilsson can be heard on an Angel CD featuring Garrison Keillor, entitled, "Now it is Christmas Again", and she served as concertmaster (of Pro Arte and the Back Bay Chorale) for recordings of Robert Kyrís "The Passion According to Four Evangelists" (New Albion Records) and John Knowles Paineís "St. Peter Oratorio" (with Gunther Schuller). As a substitute with the Boston Symphony, she participated in recording the soundtracks for "Schindlerís List," "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Accidental Tourist."
Ms. Nilsson coaches regularly - chamber music at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, and violin sectionals at Greater Boston Youth Symphony and the Youth Orchestras of New England Conservatory.
As a volunteer with the national organization Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Ms. Nilsson reads textbooks onto tape in the Cambridge, Mass. studios, and she serves as a lay reader at St. Paulís Church, Brookline.
Kristina Nilsson holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Connecticut College, an M.M. from New England Conservatory, and a J.D. cum laude from New England School of Law; she is an inactive member of the Massachusetts Bar. Her husband, Dean Rhodes, a CPA, is a Principal with Ernst & Young accounting firm; they have two daughters, Hillary and Erica.