Biography

At the age of 24, the British born violinist, Cristian Grajner de Sa, was invited to perform his European debut recital at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, introducing him "equally poetic, wild, fierce... a future giant among soloists". He was then engaged to make his European concerto debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon under the baton of the Colombian maestra and Chicago Symphony & Philadelphia Orchestra Fellow, Lina González-Granados, and acclaimed to their audience as "... one of the great violin stars of the future...".

Cristian has performed as concerto soloist and recitalist in many of the great venues of Europe with his performances taking him to the Mozarteum Salzburg, Grande Auditório of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Atheneum in Bucharest, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Cheltenham Festival, Corn Exchange Bedford and Salle Paderewski in Lausanne to name only a few. He has been broadcast on BBC Television, BBC Radio 3, The Strad Magazine, RTP Portugal, TVR Romanian National Television and The Violin Channel. Following the release of his debut mini-album under the Ulysses Arts Label in June 2020, the U.K's two most popular classical music radio stations were keen to feature him nationwide; on Scala Radio FM as a 'Young Artist' and in 2022 he was selected by Classic FM as Charlotte Hawkins' 'Young Classical Star'. Future season's highlights include performances at The Stoller Hall, Champs Hill, Absolute Classics in Dumfries, Festival Ravel & l'Orangerie de Sceaux in France, re-engagement concerto appearances with the celebrated British conductor, Hilary Davan Wetton and chamber music with Renaud Capuçon.

Cristian previously received the First Prize at the inaugural ‘Groba’ International Violin Competition in Spain, a Gold medal with High Distinction at the Vienna International Music Competition and was also a string finalist at the celebrated competition, the BBC Young Musician. Upon his graduation with First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2017, Cristian was awarded the distinguished 'J & A Beare Prize'; the prize is gifted to the most outstanding violinist of the conservatoire. In the same year, the Academy invited him to perform with his regular mentor in London, Maxim Vengerov, in an evening of Brahms' chamber works to celebrate Vengerov's final concert as the Academy's Menuhin Professor of Music.

Cristian de Sa was born in December 1994 of Portuguese and Italian heritage. He was awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 13 and commenced his studies with the great French violinist, Maurice Hasson, with whom he remains in close contact. Cristian also had the unique opportunity to work with Tasmin Little and Maxim Vengerov as their only selected pupils of the conservatoire. He completed his university education at the Mozarteum University, Salzburg in the class of another great French artist, Mr. Pierre Amoyal.

Cristian has also had the privilege to personally know and work under the instruction of many of today's greatest musicians; Renaud Capuçon, James Ehnes, Pinchas Zukerman, Alina Ibragimova, Simone Lamsma, Steven Isserlis and Menahem Pressler to name a few. He is most grateful for the support of the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust & Bedford School Trust.

He plays a Giuseppe Guadagnini, 1800.

 

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