Kristine Dizon is the Co-Founder, Programming Director, and Resident Conductor at the Gran Canaria International Clarinet Festival and Coordinator of the International Clarinet Competition at the American Single Reed Summit. Kristine is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon as a recipient of the Fundação para Ciência de Tecnologia. Her primary research focuses on “Remaking: The re-shaping of sound in Portuguese Musical Comedies." An international artist and teacher, Kristine has performed in Europe, Asia, and South America. Recently, Kristine was a Visiting Professor at the University of Saint Joseph in Macau as part of the Faculty of Creative Industries. She has also taught clarinet masterclasses in Cyprus, Thailand International Clarinet Academy, and the Music Academy of Krakow in Poland. An advocate for music education, Kristine has been a part of several socio-cultural projects that include the Philharmonie de Paris-Project DEMOS, Conservatoire de Montargis (OAE) and the Minnesota Project Opera. She has premiered works by Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Nicolas Bacri, Kryštof Maratka, and Reinaldo Moya. She had several performances at ClarinetFest 2018 in Oostende, Belgium with Barbara Borowicz, Cyprus Clarinet Choir, and the Canarian Clarinet Camerata with Radovan Cavallin. In 2017, she was the international guest teacher for the VI Taller para Jóvenes Clarinetistas organized by Clariperu and the Escuela de Música Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and served as part of the international jury for the V Concurso de Bandas Escolares 2016 and held a residency with PeruBandas where she also taught clarinet masterclasses in Cusco and Lima, Peru. She had several performances at ClarinetFest 2018 in Oostende, Belgium with the Cyprus Clarinet Choir, Canarian Clarinet Camerata, Ensemble Amistad, and Polish clarinetist, Barbara Borowicz. Kristine performed as the VII Congreso Nacional de Clarinete in Madrid, Spain and at ClarinetFest 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Her research, “Croatian Clarinet Concertos: The Cultivation of Traditions after 1952” was accepted for the International Clarinet Association Research Competition in Orlando, Florida in 2017 and was published in the Clarinet and Saxophone. In 2014, she was also a semi-finalist for the ICA Research Competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for her research on “The Chronological Clarinet: Musical Identities of Widor, Milhaud, Smith, and Mandat”. She performed with Adagio Trio, comprised of soprano, clarinet, and piano. She has performed at the Vandoren Ensemble Festival and toured with the Grand Symphonic Winds in China, performing at the National Centre of the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Shanghai World Expo.
Kristine was the Assistant Conductor for the Minnesota Project Opera assisting in the premiere of Reinaldo Moya’s Memory Boy and Assistant Conductor for the Minnesota Youth Symphonies for the 2015-2016 season. Kristine has led the Escola Superior de Música Artes e Espectáculo, Richfield Symphonic Band, MYS Philharmonic Orchestra, Concordia University – St. Paul Concert Band, União Filarmónica do Troviscal, and the Southern Illinois University Symphonic Band.
Ms. Dizon was awarded the J. William Fulbright/Camões Institute Scholarship to study clarinet and orchestral conducting at the Escola Superior de Música Artes e Espectáculo with António Saiote. Ms. Dizon received a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and degrees in European History and Music at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has performed in masterclasses with Nicolas Balderyou, Alain Damiens, Nuno Pinto, Richard Stoltzman, Charles Neidich, and Ricardo Morales.
Kristine is an artist for F. Arthur Uebel Clarinets, Silverstein Works, and Barkley Mouthpieces. She speaks English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German.