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Notes from Home: Christine Kyprianides

Jazz, new music, early music, standard orchestral repertoire: you name it, and cellist Christine Kyprianides has played it expertly.

She started as an Interlochen camper and Arts Academy student. Her mother, Lou Kyprie, was a camp nurse and director of counseling.

Early in her career, Christine studied new music with Earle Brown. She also performed at Tanglewood, where she won the Gregor Piatigorsky Prize.

Gunther Schuller then recruited her to attend the New England Conservatory, where she changed her focus to early music.

Christine Kyprianides at Interlochen in the summer of 1962

Christine then spent the next three decades of her career in Europe, where she studied with Wieland Kuijken and performed with some of the leading ensembles on the continent. She has appeared on over 70 classical recordings. 

Over the last half century, Christine has performed with the Al Cobine Big Band, Craig Smith's Emmanuel Music, the Huelgas Ensemble, Musica Antiqua Köln and Les Artes Florissants, to name a few.

Recently retired in Traverse City with her husband Gary Potter and cat Murphy, Christine volunteers at IPR, cataloguing archival recordings. 

Christine joined IPR from her home to chat about music of all kinds. She and Gary (with plenty of interjections from Murphy) then played Gary's arrangement of the Thad Jones tune "A Child is Born." 

Listen to the entire conversation and performance below.

Scroll down to watch the video of Christine and Gary playing while Murphy makes his presence known.


Murphy is also a spokes-cat for the Cat Goods cat bib. Check out his endorsement here.

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.