Tuesday 13 April 4.0 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Cristian Sandrin (piano)
Mozart: Piano Sonata in C major K279 (10')
Chopin: Etude Op 25 no 11 ‘Winter Wind' (4')
Ravel: 3 pieces from Miroirs (20')
Une barque sur l'océan ("A Boat on the Ocean")/
Alborada del gracioso ("The Jester's Aubade")/
La vallée des cloches ("The Valley of Bells")
Ravel: Toccata from ‘Le Tombeau de Couperin' (4')
Ginastera: Piano sonata no 1 (15')
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Cristian's first contact with the piano happened naturally, at very young age, since music played an inherent part of family life. Born in Bucharest, Cristian first studied in Romania under Marina Dragomirescu and Cristian Dumitrescu, winning numerous local competitions and having his public debut at the prestigious Romanian Atheneum at the age of 13. Upon moving to London, Cristian accepted a place at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied for 7 years: a particular opportunity, to be closely mentored by both Diana Ketler and Christopher Elton. He completed his last degree at the Academy in 2019, the Advanced Diploma, a special programme reserved only for the very fine students of this institution. Before that, in 2018 he received a DipRAM distinction, awarded for an outstanding performance for the Master of Music final recital. Cristian Sandrin is very passionate about music, and his love for Mozartian repertoire led him to conduct numerous piano concertos from the keyboard, in Summer Piano Festivals and for the official opening of the Angela Burgess Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. Cristian toured extensively across the UK as an artist of the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme from 2018 to 2020. He performed a very successful and critically well received debut solo recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2017. A very special and memorable experience for any young musician, this Wigmore opportunity was made possible by the support of the Kirckman Concert Society. Further support from Imogen Cooper's Music Trust provided Cristian with exclusive mentorship and guidance in 2017. Since 2019, Cristian is being supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust.
Other UK engagements included recitals at St Martin in the Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St James Piccadilly, Brighton, Oxford, Chipping Campden. In Romania, Cristian Sandrin is a frequent guest artist of the Bacau State Philharmonic, Sibiu State Philharmonic, Ramnicu-Valcea State Philharmonic and Bucharest Symphony Orchestra. International engagements included performances at Salle Cortot in Paris, Marstall Platz in Berlin, Salla Manuel de Falla in Madrid, Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano, “La Fenice” Theatre in Venice, “Bulgaria Hall” in Sophia and the Polish National Philharmonic Hall. In the past season he has been invited to perform solo recitals and chamber music in the Naarden International Piano Festival (Netherlands), the Eifel Musicale Festival (Germany) and the KameArt Experience (Romania).
He is a laureate of many international competitions, most recently being awarded the “Roslyn Tureck Special Prize” for the best interpretation of Bach during the Olga Kern International Piano Competition 2019 in New Mexico, USA. Other recent achievements included top prizes in the Città di Ollegio Piano Competition (2019), Concours Musical de Versailles (2019), the Windsor International Piano Competition (2018), the Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2018), Automobile Club de France Piano Competition (2011), the “Animato” Competition in Paris (2012), ProPiano International Competition (2010), “Yourii Boukoff” Competition (2009) and the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition (2015). Cristian is a past winner of the Harold Craxton Chamber Music prize (in 2016), and the William Sterndale Bennett Prize (in 2014) at the Royal Academy of Music.Cristian is grateful extremely grateful to the Tillett Trust, the Hattori Trust, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Help Musicians UK, the Cohen Foundation, the Harold Craxton Memorial Trust and the Royal Society of Musicians. The financial support offered by these trusts enabled Cristian to study at the Royal Academy of Music, one of UK's leading music institutions.
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