Described as “a wonderful musician and a truly great violinist” by Pierre Amoyal and “an outstanding violinist, a very musical and thoughtful player” by Tasmin Little, Cristian Grajner de Sa is firmly establishing himself as an emerging young talent. He made his concerto debut at the age of 14 performing at St James’s Piccadilly, London and has since enjoyed performing in many of the prestigious concert halls in the UK. Most notably at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Colston Hall, St Martins in the Fields, the LSE International Concert Series and a recent live broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s InTune Programme. Concerts abroad have taken him to the Mozarteum of Salzburg, Salle de l’Utopia of Lausanne in Switzerland, Ateneo de Madrid in Spain and he has enjoyed performances in France, Germany, Italy and the United States. Cristian has appeared as a concerto soloist at the Corn Exchange in Bedford, Aldeburgh Church, Monmouthshire in South Wales, the City Hall in Pontereas, Spain and in the Dukes Hall at the Royal Academy of Music.
Cristian received the 1st prize at the Groba International Violin Competition in Spain 2015 and was a strings finalist in the BBC Young Muscian 2012 and Royal Overseas League Competition 2014.
Born in December 1994, Cristian was awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship at 13 to study with the French soloist Maurice Hasson at the Royal Academy of Music. He graduated in the summer of 2017 with a First Class Honours degree as the only student of Tasmin Little and under the close supervision of Maxim Vengerov. Upon his graduation, he was awarded the Regency Award and the J & A Beare Bow Prize; the most prestigious award of the strings department at the Royal Academy, awarded only to the most outstanding violinist graduate.
Cristian is now enrolled at the Mozarteum of Salzburg in the class of Pierre Amoyal.
Cristian has received tuition and masterclasses from many esteemed artists, most notably; Sylvia Rosenberg, Rodney Friend, James Ehnes, Maxim Vengerov, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Virginie Robbiliard, Olivier Charlier, Menahem Presssler, Ralph Kirshbaum and he is most grateful for the inspiration and advice of Carmine Lauri. Cristian has been invited to attend prominent festivals at home and abroad such as Academie de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland, the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum of Salzburg and Festival Groba in Spain. In February 2017, Cristian performed alongside his mentor, Maxim Vengerov, in a performance of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet at the Royal Academy of Music.
Cristian is grateful for the generous support of the Nicholas Boas, Bedford School Trusts and Talent Unlimited. He plays a Camillo Camilli, 1740, most kindly on loan from the Benslow Music Trust.