Meet the Musicians
Bryant Strings offers lessons on the violin in the Triangle Area and online as well as performances of the Bryant Duo, a married violinist and pianist. Read more about the married couple below.
Since starting her musical journey twelve years ago, Christine Bryant has rarely put down the violin. This led her to the University of South Carolina where she graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education in 2016. She studied under violinist Neil Casey for eight years. The University of South Carolina provided her with a myriad of teaching experiences. She taught at String Project for four years, teaching both private lessons and string classes. After earning her degree, Christine directed Fairfield Middle and Fairfield High School’s orchestra program. In the summer of 2015, Christine received her Violin Suzuki Certification at the University of East Carolina. These diverse pedagogical influences have left her well-versed in both the Galamian and Suzuki methods.
Christine recently moved to Durham, North Carolina. She currently works with Duke University’s Continuing Education Department and is earning her MAT in Elementary Education from North Carolina State University. She is excited to begin teaching lessons in the triangle.
During her time away from work, Christine enjoys playing jazz and bluegrass with her husband, Carsten. Though Christine is new to the Durham area, you may see her perform at Nash Street in Hillsborough or at various churches around the area. She also performs with the Chapel Hill Philharmonia.
Carsten’s musical education began at an early age: in parents’ household, to the three R’s was added the “P” of Piano. He took private lessons all throughout grade school, coming to love them particularly when piano practice meant time away from doing schoolwork while he was homeschooled between sixth and eighth grades. From age 6 to 18, his teacher was Dr. Ann Wilson, a master educator who emphasized musicality and technique. His musical education, primarily consisting of classical music like Bach’s Inventions and Chopin, broadened as he branched into other styles and instruments, playing keys for his high school jazz band and serving in various church bands on keyboards and keytar, acoustic and electric guitar, and, on occasion, accordion and banjo.
Today he loves to play sacred music as an accompanist at church, to improvise over jazz standards with Christine, to practice Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Vivaldi for weddings, and to learn folk and rock music on new instruments. He enjoys listening to Joe Pass and Joey Alexander, Chris Thile and Chris Potter, Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper, Brad Mehldau and Bill Evans.