Biography

Cristian Grajner de Sa is already well-known to British audiences and many of today’s celebrated performers and is firmly establishing himself as one of Britain's emerging young artists.

In September 2019, at the age of 24, he made his debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and he has 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, Colston Hall, Salle Paderewski Lausanne and Ateneo de Madrid to name only a few. After engagements in previous seasons performing many of the great concertos, most notably the Siblelius, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Glazunov, Mendelssohn, Bruch and Lalo, Cristian returns to the Corn Exchange, Bedford, in the 20/21 season to perform the Brahms Double and Beethoven Violin Concerti. He has been broadcast on BBC Television, BBC Radio 3 and TVR Romanian National Television. In 2020, he releases live recordings on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and various other streaming platforms.

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. 

Born in December 1994 to Italian and Portuguese parents, Cristian was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music at the young age of 13. It was at this time he met the legendary French violinist, Maurice Hasson, and spent seven intensive years under his tutelage; Hasson remains Cristian's most important influence and teacher. Further studies in London as the only pupil of Tasmin Little and graduating with First Class Honours in 2017 enabled him to complete his conservatory studies at the Mozarteum University, Salzburg in the class of Pierre Amoyal.

Cristian has received advice and support from many of today's great pedagogues and performers; notably Sylvia Rosenberg, Menahem Pressler, Vadim Repin, James Ehnes, Ralph Kirshbaum, Olivier Charlier and especially of Mr. Rodney Friend.

Cristian de Sa plays a Camillo Camilli, 1740 on generous loan from the Benslow Trust.