Christine Azzoni Dow, Pianist, Organist


American Pianist and organist Christine Azzoni Dow was born in Los Angeles California. Performing from a young age in both the United States and Europe she enjoys sharing her love of music in programs that include standard repertoire as well as neglected masterpieces. Ms. Dow began the study of piano and organ with her mother Carmelita D’Addio Azzoni, a superb musician. Winner of a Music Scholarship, she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and her Master of Arts in Performance Degree from CSUN. Ms Dow has studied with such renowned teachers as Carol Rosenberger, Jakob Gimpel, Daniel Pollack, and Nina Scolnik. She was awarded Scholarships by the Etude Music Club, the Ebell Club, and Sigma Alpha Iota.

Ms. Dow has performed as soloist in recitals at the Old First Church of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Biola University, Lagerstrom Chamber Concerts at Dabney Lounge, Cal Tech, Irvine Valley College, Athenaeum Music and Library Mini Concerts in La Jolla and as guest artist with the American Youth Symphony under the direction of Mehli Mehta. She has given recitals in New York’s Trinity Church Concert Series, Donnell Library Series, American Landmark Festivals, Merkin Hall, and Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. 

European solo appearances include piano and organ recitals at Salle Gaveau, The American Church in Paris, Princess Grace Theatre in Monaco (recorded and broadcast on Radio France), Villa Medicea del Poggio Imperiale in Florence and the Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum Concert Series in Budapest.

A chamber musician as well, Ms. Dow regularly collaborates with her sister, Sandra Azzoni Wood, violinist in presenting recitals as the Azzoni Duo. Recent performances on the West Coast include the Newport and Nixon Library Series, Classical Music Encounters of Orange County and an organ and violin recitals in “Music for Sacred Space” at Pasadena Presbyterian Church and Orange County Branch of American Guild of Organists at First Baptist Church in Santa Ana and Atelier Series in Paris France. 

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Press Notices
“…she packs a hefty punch at the keyboard. Huge masses of tone seem to be her delight. It was good to hear such solid underpinning for the climaxes of Chopin’s Scherzo in C-sharp minor and Polonaise in F-sharp minor and Liszt’s Funerailles.”

“…the lovely appearance of Christine Azzoni left no one in the audience unmoved. She possesses a very fine technique and a strong musical personality with scrupulous fidelity to the score.”

“…the elegant and delightful pianist Christine Azzoni Sepe presented a rich and
fulfilling program that clearly displayed her multifaceted interpretive abilities…in all an exceptional Florentine evening for the Italo-American pianist from Los Angeles who gave us the ultimate in music.”

“…Ms. Azzoni, an extremely attractive young lady, displayed a sensitive, lyric-oriented musicality. Her technique was facile, and her phrasing neat and ordered...the soulful Adagio Sostenuto, (Rachmaninoff Concerto #2), in particular was intoned with a serenity and gentle warmth that proved most effective.”

“…The well wearing quality of Grieg’s music is particularly evident in his only piano concerto, excellently played by Christine Azzoni, a young California artist of great talent. With ample technique and sensitivity, she allowed listeners to relax and thoroughly enjoy the music. Her stage presence was unusual with no distracting mannerisms and complete concentration on the music, which was delightful…”

“…Danzas Argentinas provided Miss Sepe with the sort of musical punch she seemed to relish…”

“I can safely vouch for her high musical quality together with a solid and fluent technique. She is also an extremely industrious and diligent worker and I was happy to collaborate with her because of her enthusiasm, cooperation and her artistic integrity.”
Mehli Mehta, Music Director
American Youth Symphony

“ are not just an accomplished pianist having excellent guidance from your teachers but you have that very rare inborn quality which determines an artist.”
Camille Chappell, President-Founder

United States Center International for the Performing Arts
“Your technique is flawless and your choice of repertoire delightful. You play with tremendous enthusiasm and your love of music radiates to your listeners.”
West Valley Branch
Music Teachers Association of California

“thank you again so very much for the wonderful concert-fine choice of repertoire, the lovely sounds….your elegant way with tone color and nuance.”
Dr. Victoria Neve
Associate Professor of Music
San Francisco State University

“thank you once more for your magnificent performance of Rhapsody in Blue.”
James A. Swift, Music Director
Los Angeles Solo Repertory Orchestra

“Thank you for your marvelous rendition of the Schumann Piano Concerto. The audience was thrilled and the orchestra was very impressed with your playing.”
Frank Desby, Music Director
Hollywood Wilshire Symphony

“an outstanding example of the talent this State has to offer.”
Marian Kohlstedt, Chair
Young Artists Showcase Competition
Association of California Symphony Orchestras