Her international appearances include over 60 solo recitals in China, Nepal, Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan and New Zealand with duo partner pianist Lisa Bergman. “Everywhere they went, they charmed their audiences with their warmth, talent and humor” reported the Chinese Consulate in Guangzhou. The “everywhere” included performances at sold-out concert venues, conservatories, universities and embassies with Christensen and Bergman representing the US State Department as Artistic Ambassadors. The concerts received considerable attention in the media, and many were taped and subsequently broadcast over countrywide television. Their recording, American Music from Jazz, Broadway and Hollywood, produced in conjunction with this appointment, was received with critical recognition, touting Ann's playing as “making the crossover from classical to jazz sound easy” (The Oregonian).
Ann has also recorded for the Hanssler Classic Executive Series as a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra (Helmut Rilling) and for KOCH International Classics as concertmaster for the Oregon Repertory Singers' orchestra (Gil Seeley). And while studying at Oberlin Conservatory, she recorded on the OPUS ONE label as a member of the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble (Larry Rachleff). Her performances have also been heard via live and recorded broadcasts on KING FM (Seattle), KBPX (Spokane), KOPB and KBPS (Portland), and on NPR's Performance Today, performing with members of the Philadelphia String Quartet.
She has performed in music festivals across the United States and Europe including the Grand Teton, Oregon Bach, Graz, Peter Britt and Olympic Music festivals.
Passionate about teaching, Ann served for 7 years on the faculty of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon where, demonstrating her versatility, she taught individual violin performance, conducted the Lewis & Clark Orchestra, coached chamber music and taught string pedagogy. Her infectious enthusiasm and love of music built the orchestral and chamber music program from two handfuls of students to well over 50 in only a few years. One student declared that “Ann Christensen is one of the most inspiring and truly musical people I have been fortunate enough to meet here at Lewis & Clark (Pioneer Log).” That same enthusiasm went international in scope, with Ann teaching master classes at prestigious institutions including the Shanghai Conservatory, and the Sichuan Conservatory, both in China, Chonnan National University in Korea, and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She has also coached chamber music at the Olympic Music Festival's Chamber Music Institute (Washington), and the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University in California.
Additional post-secondary teaching appointments include Violin Instructor at Portland State University, Associate Instructor of Violin at Indiana University School of Music, and teaching assistant at Oberlin Conservatory. She maintains a private studio and has developed students who have won or placed at district or state level competitions.
Ann earned an Artist Diploma from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, studying with Kathleen Winkler. She was one of four winners of the Oberlin Conservatory Concerto Competition, and subsequently performed with conductor Michael Stern. She was also awarded Oberlin's Louis and Annette Kaufman Violin Prize. She then earned a Master of Violin Performance degree from Indiana University where she was a student of Miriam Fried. Ann is based in Portland, Oregon, loves to garden and is committed to provident and sustainable living.