Biography

At the age of 24, British violinist Cristian Grajner de Sa gave his debut recital at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, where his performance was received as "equally poetic, wild, fierce... a future giant among violin soloists". Having already been invited to perform in many of the great venues of Europe; the Mozarteum of Salzburg, Atheneum of Bucharest, Wigmore Hall London, the Cheltenham Festival, St. Martins-in-the-Fields, Salle Paderewski Lausanne and Ateneo de Madrid to name only a few, he has been widely broadcast and featured on BBC Television, BBC Radio 3, Scala Radio FM, TVR Romanian National Television, TRT3 Radio Turkey and The Violin Channel. Previous concert seasons have seen Cristian perform many of the great concertos with ensembles at home and abroad; the Orquestra de Cámara Galega in Galicia, the Symphony Orchestra of his alma mater, the Royal Academy of Music and he performs regularly at the Corn Exchange, Bedford, where he is to return in the 20/21 season to perform the Beethoven and Brahms Double concerti. His repertoire extends from staple works of the literature, from Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Lalo, Sibelius, Bruch and Elgar to lesser-performed concertos of Glazunov, Coleridge-Taylor and Henri Dutilleux. In June 2020, he released live recordings under the Ulysses Arts label on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and all other streaming platforms. After taking a keen interest, Scala Radio selected him as their Young Artist.

A recipient of the Gold Medal with High Distinction at the International Vienna Music Competition, 2019 where his performances were praised with "huge musicality, a depth of understanding and technical virtuosity", Cristian previously received the First Prize at the inaugural ‘Groba’ International Violin Competition and was a string finalist at the BBC Young Musician. He was honoured and humbled to have been awarded the distinguished 'J & A Beare Prize' from the Royal Academy of Music in 2017, its most renowned prize gifted to the most outstanding violin graduate. In the same year, the Academy also invited him to work and perform chamber music alongside his mentor, Maxim Vengerov, in Vengerov's final performance as Menuhin professor. 

Cristian was born in December 1994 of Italian and Portuguese heritage. He was awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music at the young age of thirteen, and it was at this time that Cristian met the legendary French violinist and his most influential teacher, Maurice Hasson. He remains Hasson's loyal student to this day. Cristian has also had the unique honour to study as the only student of Tasmin Little, and under her guidance he graduated from the Academy with First Class Honours in 2017. He completed his conservatory education at the Mozarteum University, Salzburg with Pierre Amoyal.  

Cristian has worked closely and received advice from most of today's great pedagogues and performers; notably Pinchas Zukerman, Silvia Marcovici, Menahem Pressler, Sylvia Rosenberg, Vadim Repin, James Ehnes, Ralph Kirshbaum and Rodney Friend.

Cristian de Sa perfoms on a Camillo Camilli, 1740, on extended loan from the Benslow Trust.