A prizewinner at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, Christine McLeavey Payne was featured on Radio France and France TV. Ms. Payne is the pianist and co-founder of Ensemble San Francisco.

Ms. Payne has collaborated with several leading chamber musicians, including musicians from the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, San Francisco Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra. She has worked with singers Deborah Voigt, Isobel Leonard, and Susanna Phillips, and has performed in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Bing Concert Hall, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, the Banff International Keyboard Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival. She has worked as a rehearsal pianist for the New York Philharmonic. Locally, she has performed at the Montalvo Arts Center, Music in May, Berkeley Chamber Series, French Music Festival, Classical Music Sundaes, and has performed the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Payne completed her masters in the spring of 2004 at the Juilliard School of Music. Prior to that, she graduated as valedictorian of Princeton University, with a degree in Physics. She resides now in Portola Valley, CA with her husband and two sons.

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