Cristina Stanescu was born in Craiova, Romania, where she begun piano studies at the age of six. She has appeared as both a soloist and a collaborative pianist in concerts throughout Eastern Europe and the United States. As a vocal coach and recitalist, she has worked with such artists as Stephanie Blythe, Anthony Dean Griffey, Angelika Kirchschlager, Bejun Mehta, Anna Moffo, Teresa Santiago, Carlo Scibelli, Renata Scotto, Veronica Villaroel, and Jon Villars.
A passionate teacher of art song as well as opera, Ms. Stanescu has taught at Yale University, New York University, and the Bucharest Academy of Music. Presently, she is on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music. During the summers, she coaches at the Renata Scotto Opera Academy and is on the staff of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center.
She has had affiliations with the New York Philharmonic and the Juilliard Opera Center and was an assistant conductor with the Lyric Theatre of Craiova for seven years.
She has recorded music of Messiaen, Schoenberg, and Bartók for the National Radio of Romania and has performed live on New York City radio stations WNYC and WQXR. Ms. Stanescu holds doctoral and master’s degree in accompaniment from The Juilliard School and a master's degree in piano performance from the Bucharest Academy of Music.
Manhattan School of Music faculty since 2005.