Cristian Sandrin (piano)

Born in Bucharest, Romania to a family of musicians, Cristian Sandrin started his musical training with Marina Dragomirescu and Cristian Dumitrescu at Colegiul National de Arte "Dinu Lipatti". He gave his solo debut at the famous Romanian Athenaeum Hall in 2006. Currently a final year postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, he is studying with Diana Ketler supported by the John S. Cohen Foundation Award and the Countess of Munster Mark James Award. In the past year has held scholarships from the Imogen Cooper Music Trust, the Tiller Trust, Help Musicians UK and the Harold Craxton Memorial Trust. He is also a Piano Fellow of the Philharmonia Orchestra's Martin Musical Scholarship Fund scheme.

Cristian Sandrin gave his solo debut at Wigmore Hall in September 2017. Since 2014 he has also been experimenting with conducting small ensembles from the keyboard during piano festivals at RAM. Other UK engagements have included recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elisabeth Hall, St James's Piccadilly, and the Brighton, Oxford and Chipping Campden festivals.

In Romania, Cristian Sandrin is a frequent guest artist of the Bacau National Philharmonic, Sibiu National Philharmonic, Ramnicu-Valcea National Philharmonic and Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, performing under the baton of Ovidiu Balan, Mark Csikes and Florin Totan.

International engagements include performances at Salle Cortot in Paris, Marstall Platz in Berlin, Salla Manuel de Falla in Madrid, Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano, La Fenice Theatre in Venice, Bulgaria Hall in Sophia and the Polish National Philharmonic Hall during the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Competition. Currently a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme artist, Cristian will tour the UK through this programme in the coming two seasons.

He is a laureate of many international and local competitions, such as the Automobile Club de France Piano Competition, the "Animato" Competition in Paris, ProPiano International Competition, "Yourii Boukoff" Competition and the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist competition. Cristian is a recent holder of the Harold Craxton Chamber Music prize at the Royal Academy of Music, being also a past recipient of the William Sterndale Bennett Prize.