The first to spot her remarkable talent was her father, a dealer in rare violins and cellos. He not only became her first teacher, he set her on the path, at the early age of thirteen, to studying with the celebrated Gregor Piatigorsky.
When she was sixteen she won a French government scholarship to study with the great Maurice Marechal at the Paris Conservatoire. Two years later she became the first American ever to win first prize there in both chamber and cello music.
Her rise was meteoric, beginning her career in Germany where in her second season she played 45 concerts in that country alone. Following a series of International triumphs, including heralded appearances at Buenos Aires’ famed Theatro Colon, where she performed a Recital, the Brahms double concerto with Henryk Szeryng and the Dvorak cello concerto in the same week to rave notices, there soon followed a round of appearances that sounded like a roll-call of the great European cities.
Over four decades of concertizing across the globe she has played with orchestras throughout Germany, the United States, France, in every corner of Spain, Poland, Mexico, Central and South America,(where she has brought music to every big city or small, wherever there is a concert hall with an orchestra or piano to accompany her) in Holland with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Hague, in the Concertgebouw, the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, Vienna, Italy, Prague, Cuba, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dresdener Philharmonic, concerts in Japan, Honk Kong, China and Taiwan.
Her playing was greatly admired by Jascha Heifetz and Arthur Grumiaux.
Arthur Rubinstein said of her. “… Christine Walevska has the most sensuous tone I have ever heard on the cello… She is the only cellist, who takes my breath away…”
Claudio Arrau, yet another from the ranks of great pianists, said: “… Christine Walevska is the world’s greatest cellist..”
Many composers have dedicated works to her, including Aram Kachaturian, Ferde Grofe (title: “Christine”), Jose Bragato and Ennio Bolognini, who wanted her to be the only cellist to continue to play his compositions.
The violinist, Josef Suk, Dvorak’s great grandson, wrote to her and stated that her interpretation of Dvorak’s cello concerto was the greatest he had ever heard. He invented her to play it at the Prague Spring Festival and she has played since with the Suk Chamber Orchestra in the concerts: “Jewels of the Prague Castle.”
The recording she made with the London Philharmonic of the Dvorak concerto was celebrated in a book by Prof. Fabio Uccelli: El Commiato de Anton Dvorak, (Dvorak’s Farewell), published in Florence. Entirely devoted to analyzing this work in depth. The book analyzes phrase by phrase her interpretation with that of Rostropovitch. Because of this book, during the Dvorak anniversary year, 2004. She had a wave of invitations to play the concerto everywhere from Beijing to Brazil. She played to the concerto three times with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. The book is dedicated to Christine Walevska as: “the world’s greatest interpreter of Dvorak’s cello concerto.”
In 2015 the Museum of Chimei in Taiwan, with a generous grant, sponsored her latest recording recorded in Montreal. The five CD boxed set titled ” The Walevska’s Legendary Recordings” which now exist on the Decca label, has all seventeen cello concertos, which were originally produced by Phillips.
由父親啟蒙，瓦列芙斯卡曾先後接受鮑羅格尼尼(Ennio Bolognini，曾被Casals與Feuermann喻為當今最好的大提琴家) 、匈牙利大提琴家雷吉托(Gabor Rejto)以及畢亞第高斯基(Gregor Piatigorsky)的指導。十八歲時，瓦列芙斯卡首次登上國際舞臺，便成為大提琴焦點人物。隨後，她獲得獎學金進入巴黎音樂院就讀，師事法國大提琴大師馬瑞契拉(Maurice Marechal)，兩年後，她成為第一位贏得大提琴和室內樂兩個一等獎的美國人。之後並曾與大提琴巨匠傅尼葉(Pierre Fournier)學習。
她的演奏受到小提琴大師/海飛茲(Jascha Heifetz) 與 葛羅米歐(Arthur Grumiaux) 極大讚賞。
瓦列芙斯卡年紀輕輕就以獨奏家的身分經常於世界各地巡演，並與歐美各大樂團協奏。21歲便開始為PHILIPS錄製唱片，首張曲目為SCHUMANN大提琴協奏曲、BLOCH的SCHELOMO，以及BRUCH的KOL NIDREI。之後，她又陸續為PHILIPS錄製了DVORAK,TCHAIKOVSKY,SAINT-SAENS,VIVALDI, HAYDN, PROKOFIEV, KHACHATURIAN 等作曲家的大提琴曲目，被喻為是「當今演奏德弗乍克大提琴協奏曲最好的音樂家」。