Born in Oberhausen, Germany in 1979 Marie-Christine Zupancic grew up in the Lower Rhine Area and started playing the flute and the piano at the age of eight. After winning numerous prizes in the German Youth competition with both instruments, she studied at the Conservatoire in Cologne where Robert Winn was her flute teacher.
Together with fellow students Marie-Christine founded the woodwind quintet “Sponte”, and after winning a scholarship of “Villa Musica” the ensemble went on tour to Chile and China. Marie-Christine was also a prizewinner in several international flute competitions, such as Bayreuth, Cracow, Moulins and Cremona.
After graduating in 2003 Marie-Christine won the audition for the distinguished Karajan Academy and subsequently played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for two years. She worked with many distinguished conductors and was particularly influenced by Sir Simon Rattle. Concerts included a tour to America in 2003, the Easter Festival in Salzburg in 2004 and many live television broadcasts.
Marie-Christine has been invited as a guest to play with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Radio Orchestra in Frankfurt (Hessischer Rundfunk) and the Opera Orchestra in Cologne (Gürzenich Orchester). She started working frequently with the CBSO in November 2005 and joined the orchestra in the position of Section Leader Flute in September 2006. At the same time she became a member of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Her favourite BCMG memory to date was playing under the baton of Tom Adès’ in New York’s Carnegie Hall. It was such an exciting event and such a wonderful occasion for BCMG.