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Mother-daughter venture off to a strong start
— William Littler, Toronto Star

Mother-daughter team Christine Mori and Alexis Spieldenner are a dynamic duo committed to producing extraordinary concert experiences in the Niagara Region.

Christine Mori, Artistic Director & Co-Founder of Bravo Niagara!, is a graduate of The Juilliard School and concert pianist with over 40 years of international experience in the music industry.

Christine's diverse musical career started with early studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with renowned teachers Boris Berlin and Murtle Guerrero. As a young student, she was one of ten students accepted to the Andre Watts piano seminar at Tanglewood. She was also accepted to the Aspen Music Festival, Salzburg Mozarteum, and later The Juilliard School where she studied with Ania Dorfmann and Joseph Raieff.

Upon graduation from Juilliard, Christine began her career with the Florida Orchestra where she performed as Principal Pianist for 30 years. She performed solo concert with artists ranging from Isaac Stern to Branford Marsalis and worked along such notable artists as Marvin Hamlisch, Henri Mancini, Steve Allen, Victor Borge, Roberta Flack, Bobby McFerrin, as well as world-renowned classical violinists Robert McDuffie, Dene Olding, Joseph Silverstein, and Nigel Kennedy.

As an educator, she is committed to promoting the love of music and coaching aspiring young musicians. She has accompanied and mentored hundreds of pianists and instrumentalists throughout her career. 

Bravo Niagara! began a new chapter in Christine's musical career that reconnects her with her Canadian roots. She brings her experience, passion and love of music to the community of Niagara-on-the-Lake and hopes that her innovative approach to the concert-going experience will attract new audiences and ensure a life-long appreciate of the arts.

“Christine has demonstrated that she not only has passion, she also has the knowledge and musical experience to bring her vision to life.”
-Charles Letourneau, Executive Producer of Festival Napa Valley

 

Alexis Spieldenner, Executive Director & Co-Founder, brings to Bravo Niagara! a knowledge and love of classical and jazz music combined with credentials in education, leadership, and business, as well as a commitment to social justice.

Alexis spent much of her childhood growing up backstage. Her mother, a classically trained Juilliard pianist, and father, a jazz guitarist trained at Berklee College of Music, instilled in her a love for both classical and jazz. 

Alexis is a graduate of Duke University ('13) with High Distinction in International Comparative Studies (B.A.). While at Duke, she was accepted into the nationally-recognized Hart Leadership Program at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Alexis also worked with Duke University's Vice Provost for the Arts on various music and social entrepreneurship initiatives and interned with KidZNotes, an El Sistema-inspired nonprofit organization. Alexis is a harpist and performed for the St. Petersburg Opera Company and Duke Symphony Orchestra.

Alexis is passionate about using music for social change. She is a recipient of the 2016 Lincoln M. Alexander Award for her work in spearheading Bravo Niagara!’s Voices of Freedom Festival. The Lincoln M. Alexander, presented by Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell, recognizes youth who have demonstrated dedicated leadership in eliminating racial discrimination and promoting positive social change. She currently serves on the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Voices of Freedom Park Committee.

In 2019, Alexis was one of ten young entrepreneurs selected to participate in Women in Music Canada’s inaugural Entrepreneurship Accelerator.

"These young leaders have demonstrated commitment, creativity, and dedication to social justice as they lead the way towards an ever more inclusive society that is accepting of diversity. In this special year for Canada, I encourage everyone to look to their example as we continue working hard to break down barriers."

-The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario