Mother-daughter team Christine Mori and Alexis Spieldenner are a dynamic duo committed to fulfilling their dream of making Niagara-on-the-Lake an international destination for world-class music and innovative concert experiences of the highest calibre.
Christine Mori is a Juilliard graduate and concert pianist with over 40 years in the music industry. Her 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 Shlomo Mintz, Robert McDuffie, Dene Olding 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! begins a new chapter in Christine's musical career that reconnects her with her Canadian roots. She is excited to bring 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.
Alexis Spieldenner 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 also a harpist and has performed for the St. Petersburg Opera Company and Duke Symphony Orchestra.
In 2013, Alexis graduated with High Distinction from Duke University and received a B.A. in International Comparative Studies. Her Honors Thesis examining the Japanese Canadian internment and her family's wartime experiences was awarded High Distinction. Alexis was also accepted into Duke's Service Opportunities in Leadership, a nationally-recognized leadership program at the Sanford School of Public Policy modeled after Heifetz's Adaptive Leadership method at the Harvard Kennedy School. She worked closely with Duke University's Vice Provost for the Arts on various music and social entrepreneurship initiatives and also interned with KidZNotes, an El Sistema-inspired arts organization that provides free classical music education for at-risk children.
From 2013-2016, Alexis worked as Sales Administrator for Brookfield Residential and John Hawley, founder of The Village, a renowned New Urban Development in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
In February 2017, Alexis received the Lincoln M. Alexander Award for her work in founding Bravo Niagara! and the Voices of Freedom Festival (formerly North Star Festival). The Lincoln M. Alexander is presented each year to three young people in Ontario who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in ending racial discrimination and promoting positive social change. Alexis was also selected to serve on the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Regent Street Park Committee to commemorate Niagara-on-the-Lake’s significant Black history
"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