Kristina Anderson began her violin studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, with Berl Senofsky. She continued her study with Jascha Brodsky at the New
School of Music in Philadelphia and studied orchestral music with the concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Fritz Siegel. She spent summers performing at the Tanglewood Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, and taking master class from Aaron Rosand at the Académie d’Été in Nice, France. Anderson began her orchestral career in the first violin section of the New Orleans Philharmonic. She subsequently became concertmaster of the Colorado Springs and Charlotte symphonies. She has also appeared as guest concertmaster of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Ballet Orchestra, and Pocket Opera in San Francisco. Anderson has performed internationally as a tenured member of the New York City Opera National Company Orchestra and has performed as violin soloist with the Santa Cruz and Diablo symphonies as well as our own Livermore-Amador Symphony.
Anderson has been concertmaster of the West Bay Opera Orchestra in Palo Alto since 1989 and, in addition, she was appointed as their union steward in October 2017. She has been concertmaster of the Santa Cruz Ballet Orchestra since 2001 and is a member of the first violin section of the Oakland Symphony. She is immediate past concertmaster of the Santa Cruz Symphony (retired in 2016, after 17 years) and the Diablo Symphony (retired in 2015, after 20 years). She took her position as concertmaster of the Livermore-Amador Symphony in 2008.
Active in music education, Anderson has given music presentations in the Santa Cruz County Schools and at community clubs such as the Scotts Valley Rotary Club, and she enjoys private teaching. She resides in San Leandro with her husband, Steven, a professional trumpet player and teacher who also plays in the Livermore-Amador Symphony. (Their son, Anthony, is a professional musician, too.) They spend much of the summer months in Crescent City, California, where Kristina Anderson helps with seals and sea lions as a volunteer at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.