Kristina Train

Born 17 January 1982.
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Kristina Train chats to Dermot O'Leary

American singer-songwriter Kristina Train chats to Dermot O'Leary.

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Biography

Kristina Train (born January 17, 1982 in New York City) is an American pop singer-songwriter and musician who has lived in London, United Kingdom since 2011. Her music blends influences from country, soul, gospel, blues, folk, and jazz.

Kristina was born in New York City and raised in Savannah, Georgia. She is of Norwegian, Italian, and Irish heritage. At the age of four, Kristina started studying classical violin and ballet. She taught herself to play piano and guitar at an early age. Kristina was a dancer in the Garden State Ballet, Savannah Danse Theatre, and Ballet South where she studied under Karena Brock-Carlyle (Principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre sharing roles with such stars as Natalia Makarova, Cynthia Gregory and Carla Fracci; and partnering with stars such as Rudolph Nureyev, Ivan Nagy, Fernando Bujones, and Mikhail Baryshnikov).

Kristina spent her youth volunteering at the Savannah Music Festival where she eventually returned to perform. She sang in school and church gospel choirs and played in community orchestras and jazz bands. Kristina was a member of the Garden State Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Savannah Civic Orchestra. She was a selected member of The American Children of SCORE (String, Choral, Orff and Recorder Ensemble). At 12 years old, Kristina's uncle began sneaking her in the back entrance of Kevin Barry's pub to sing and fiddle traditional Celtic music with performers such as Mary Black and members of Cherish The Ladies, and other Irish greats. At 13 years old, Kristina was the youngest member accepted to play in the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Fred Devyatkin. She was a recurring guest soloist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Philip Greenberg, starting at age 16.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Dark Black

    Dark Black 2012

    Reviewed by John Aizlewood
    An extraordinary record from a singer previously overlooked.