Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Christy started violin lessons with Maria Kelemen in 1984.
Her love for violin grew through the nurturing hand of Marina Louw, and she completed a Bachelor’s degree of Music with specialization in violin solo performance at the University of Cape Town in 2000. There she studied with Professor Jurgen Schwietering (himself a former student of Peter Guth and Dorothy Delay) and received various awards including the Imusicanti Chamber Orchestra award and annual mention on the University of Cape Town Dean’s Merit List, before graduating with Distinction.
After attending masterclasses with Professor José-Luis Garcia of the Reina Sofia School in Madrid, Christy furthered her studies in Gent under Professor Michael Kugel. Awarded the Harry Crossley Foundation Scholarship, as well the International Skye Foundation Scholarship, she obtained a Masters Diploma with distinction in violin, and completed an extra year of studies on viola.
Christy has given numerous solo performances and recitals in Cape Town, Swellendam, Oudtshoorn Klein Kunstefees, Pretoria, Limerick, Gent, Brugge, Geel and Leuven, as well as chamber music performances at the Kleipeda International Chamber Music Festival in Lithuania.
Involved with various ensembles, Christy has performed with the Roby Lakatos Chamber Orchestra, was a founding member of Quartetto Brioso, La Mères Sauvages and the Ganda Ensemble.
A regular visitor coaching chamber music and orchestral playing in the Republic of Ireland, Christy loves to teach and believes music builds bridges across all cultural barriers.
Christy coaches a private violin class in her atelier in Leuven, Belgium, where she currently resides with her husband and four children.