Born and raised in Bucharest, pianist Cristiana Achim, began learning the piano at the ‘Dinu Lipatti’ National College of Arts and now studies at the Royal College of Music in London (BMus 3), under the tutelage of Nigel Clayton.
A winner of numerous international piano competitions such as the ‘Pro Piano’ International Competition and the ‘Tudor Dumitrescu’ International Piano Competition, Cristiana has also furthered her musical capabilities by participating in piano masterclasses throughout Europe, most recently at the British Isles Music Festival, Malta International Music Festival, and SoNoRo Festival.
In just two years since she moved to London, Cristiana’s musical career keeps ascending by being invited to perform in venues like Queen Elizabeth Hall, St James’s Picadilly, Drapers Hall or St Mary Abbots. Her most recent achievement is becoming a Talent Unlimited artist. As a resident artist with the Romanian Royal House, she is often invited to play with the Royal Camerata or to give piano recitals at the Romanian Atheneum from Bucharest. Her future performances will be held in venues like Steinway Hall (London), St Martin-in-the-Fields, or the Romanian Atheneum (Bucharest).
Cristiana has developed a keen interest in jazz and folk music and is well-versed in the art of improvisation. In 2019, she released three of her singles, which are based on Romanian folk tunes. She is also a regular guest performer at jazz and ‘café chantant’ venues in Bucharest and London and provides piano music at art exhibitions at the Romanian National Theatre in Bucharest.
Her outreach work includes a long string of charity performances for hospitals, nursing homes and orphanages, as well as bringing music to those with limited access to it. Cristiana is an active volunteer for the ‘RO100’ Romanian Organization, which offered her many opportunities to develop the Romanian educational system by teaching music to disadvantaged children.