• 11th Oct 2022
  • 1:00pm

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Bach Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (40’)

Born into a family of musicians from Bucharest, Cristian Sandrin has been surrounded by classical music all his life. His frequent visits to the historic Romanian Atheneum concert hall and his attendances at the prestigious Enescu Festival shaped his musical aspirations from early childhood. Not surprising, years later, he would have his own debut at the Atheneum at the age of 13.

Cristian is an artist engaging with a multitude of repertoire, but especially devoted to the Mozartian repertoire - a passion that has led him to conduct numerous piano concertos from the keyboard for summer music festivals such as the Naarden International Piano Festival (Netherlands), the Eifel Musicale Festival (Germany) and the KamerArt Experience (Romania) as well as for the official opening of the Angela Burgess Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. The year 2017 was marked by his successful and critically well received debut solo recital at the Wigmore Hall. From 2018–2020 he was privileged to tour the UK as an artist of the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme. Additionally, Cristian is a scholarship holder of the Imogen Cooper Music Trust benefiting from her unique one-to-one guidance and mentorship since 2017.

In 2021 Cristian travelled to Romania for his debut with the acclaimed George Enescu Philharmonic performing Mozart's K503 Piano Concerto in C major at the country's foremost music venue: The Romanian Atheneum - the same temple of music from Cristian’s childhood. In 2022 Cristian is performing challenging programmes including Beethoven's last three sonatas, Bach's Goldberg Variations - recitals that have left audiences and critics spellbound by the Cristian’s mature interpretations.

Other notable European engagements include 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, the British Institute of Florence, the Bulgaria Hall in Sophia and the Polish National Philharmonic Hall. He is a laurate of many international competitions, including 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 have included First Prize in the Città di Ollegio Piano Competition (2019), Third Prize of the Concours Musical de Versailles (2019), Second Prize at the Windsor International Piano Competition (2019), Second Prize at the Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Piano Competition, the Automobile Club de France Piano Competition, the “Animato” Competition in Paris, the ProPiano International Competition, the “Yourii Boukoff” Competition and the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist competition.

In Romania Cristian was taught by his father, professor Sandu Sandrin, and by professors Marina Dragomirescu and Cristian Dumitrescu at the Dinu Lipatti Art College. On moving to London he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied for seven years under the wing of professors Diana Ketler and Christopher Elton. While at the Academy Cristian was awarded the William Sterndale Bennet Prize in 2014 and the Harold Craxton Chamber Music prize in 2016. In 2018 he received a DipRAM with distinction, awarded for an outstanding performance at the Master of Music final recital. He completed his final degree at the Academy in 2019, the Advanced Diploma, a special programme reserved only for the very best students.

This concert is supported by Informed Choice Financial Planning 

Lunchtime Concerts at Cranleigh Arts
Enjoy fine chamber music during daylight hours in our series of monthly lunchtime concerts. These performances offer a vibrant selection of performances by young international professionals in the intimate setting of our Jack Wagg auditorium. Seating will be informal and unallocated, and performances around 40 minutes long. 
Cranleigh Arts is a charitable community arts venue. We are delighted to present this series of live performance for the enjoyment of all. If you wish to support our work, you are invited to give generously by means of retiring collection in the auditorium in favour of Cranleigh Arts (reg charity no. 284186) or via the website https://cranleigharts.org/donations/  


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