Christina Simpson began playing viola at the age of eight under the tutelage of Linda Ghidossi-Deluca in Santa Rosa, CA. After quickly advancing in local youth orchestras, she was accepted to the San Francisco Youth Orchestra as the youngest member and the youngest violist still ever accepted. In middle school she attended the Tanglewood Institute of Music and Encore School for Strings, studying with Jeffrey Irvine of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She was awarded a prestigious scholarship to the Virtuoso Program at the San Domenico School where she served as Principal Violist for three years as well as winning the Principal Violist position in the San Francisco Youth Orchestra. With them, she traveled on three different European Tours, including performances in the Musikverein in Vienna and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
She attended The Colburn School for one semester before returning home. She took up the sport of rowing at her local state school, broke the record, and was recruited to row for the #1 ranked team in the country, UC Berkeley. She served as Principal Violist for the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra for four years, was a founding member of the Elden String Quartet, and graduated with honors from the History Department. She has had the privilege of performing in master classes for Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Pamela Frank, members of the St. Lawrence, Emerson, and Takacs Quartets, among many others. She is currently the violist with Elevate Ensemble, and plays with groups around the Bay Area including Modesto and Merced Symphonies, One Found Sound, and Eclecta Quartet. She also serves as the Social Media Coordinator for the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and helps run a company with her friend making custom 3D printed shoulder rests.