Recognized by The New York Times as "animated . . . careful and diligent," CHRISTA VAN ALSTINE lives in New York City and is dedicated to new music repertoire. She is the clarinetist with Red Light New Music; clarinetist/bass clarinetist with Hotel Elefant; and performs frequently with contemporary ensembles Talea, Wet Ink, Novus NY (Trinity Wall St.), Mantra Percussion, Iktus, Argento, Ascolta (Germany), Toca Loca (Toronto), and skogensemble (Sweden). She has performed and premiered works at festivals including Darmstadt (Germany), Impuls (Austria), soundXis (Canada), avantX (Canada), Moving Sounds (New York City), and the 12 Nights (Miami). She received an Artist's Diploma from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and her master's degree from Stony Brook University in New York. She is currently on faculty at the United Nations International School.