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Interview: Juilliard-Trained Violinist Christina Courtin Steps Into the Singer/Songwriter Realm

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Christina Courtin first captured attention as a Juilliard-trained violinist, playing everything from the classics to a piece that ends with a smashed violin. Yet all the while, she harbored a secret desire to sing, and as she branched out into this arena, she began building a fan base that started with fellow Juilliard students and quickly grew.On Courtin's recently released debut CD, you can't help but be drawn in by her expressive voice, and the 10 tracks reveal a seasoned artist. This may be her first record, but she's developed a confidence, a writing style and a playfulness that many singer/songwriters don't achieve until later in their careers. Courtin will be playing Largo at the Coronet on Tuesday night, and LAist spoke with her earlier this month to get the scoop on the new CD.

I notice that the way you breathe often seems to follow a violin bow-like cadence. When it comes to the phrasing, even with homonyms or the same words, you sing it in such a way that it doesn't sound repetitive. Was that a conscious decision?

That's just how I know music, so I guess that translates into my singing. I don't really do things like that on purpose, because I'm a pretty impulsive person in general and I rely a lot on my instinct. I just do what I feel and somehow it works out!