Born and raised in Bucharest, pianist Cristiana Achim studies at the Royal College of Music (BMus 3) in London under the tutelage of Nigel Clayton. A winner of numerous international music competitions, Cristiana has most recently been awarded the Special Prize ‘Debut in Transylvania’ at the ‘Youth of Music 2021 International Competition’ (Romania) with a Recital Award, and the second-prize at the ‘Orbetello International Piano Competition 2021 edition’ (Italy). She is generously supported by the Talent Unlimited project.
Cristiana has performed in prestigious UK venues like Queen Elizabeth Hall, St James’s Picadilly, Drapers Hall or St Paul’s Church (Bedford). Upcoming engagements include performances at St. James’s Piccadilly and the Arcuș Cultural Centre (Romania, Transylvania). As a resident artist with the Romanian Royal House, she is often invited to play with the Royal Camerata Orchestra and to give piano recitals at the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest.
She has participated in piano masterclasses throughout Europe, most recently at the British Isles Music Festival, Malta International Music Festival, and SoNoRo Festival.
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: ‘Little Cloud Passing by’, ‘Cristina’, ‘S.H.E’. In 2020 she was selected to become a member of the Rezidenta21 music organisation, offering her the opportunity to explore her curiosity for contemporary and electronic music.
She is an active volunteer for the “Ro and You” Romanian Organization, which offered her many opportunities to develop the Romanian educational system by teaching music to disadvantaged children. Recently becoming a Benedetti Foundation Music Ambassador, she will be developing creative education projects, working alongside the violonist Nicola Benedetti and her collaborators in 2021-2022.