Born to a family of musicians, Cristian Sandrin started to play the piano at a young age with Marina Dragomirescu. He graduated the "Dinu Lipatti" Music College in Bucharest having worked with his own father, Sandu Sandrin and Cristian Dumitrescu. He is currently a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Diana Ketler, where he is generously supported by the John S. Cohen Scholarship, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Mark James Award, the Tillett Trust, Help Musicians UK and the Imogen Cooper Musical Trust. He is a recipient of the Piano Fellowship of the Philharmonia Orchestra's Martin Musical Scholarship Fund 2017/2018. He graduated in 2016 from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class Honours, where he held an ABRSM Scholarship and the the John S. Cohen Scholarship.
Cristian Sandrin is a very active and versatile musician, having had in January 2016 his solo debut recital at St-Martin-in-the-Fields and his first chamber music appearance at Wigmore Hall. Since 2014 Cristian has been experimenting with conducting small ensembles from keyboard during Piano Festivals at RAM. Other UK engagements have taken Cristian to venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St James 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, Salla Manuel de Falla in Madrid, Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano, "La Fenice" Theatre in Venice, the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest, "Bulgaria Hall" in Sophia at the Polish National Philharmonic Hall during the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Competition. Last year he was awarded the Wiliam Sterndale Bennett Prize at the Royal Academy of Music for a recital of Romantic Music. His performances have been broadcast by Radio Romania Muzical, Radio Trinitas, the Polish National Broadcaster, and NHK (the Japanese National Broadcasting Company).
In 2010, 2011 and 2012 Cristian Sandrin won consecutively a SoNoRo Scholarship providing him the opportunity to participate in chamber-music workshops organised in Paltinis, Cetate, Montepulciano and to play in chamber groups with internationally recognised artists such as Diana Ketler, Razvan Popovici, Bjorg Lewis, Razvan Suma and Erich-Oskar Huetter. He was invited to play in the "Interferente Concert" organised by SoNoRo International Chamber-Music Festival (2010 and 2011).
Future engagements include performing from the keyboard Mozart's Piano Concerto K595 in B flat major with the Piano Festival Chamber Ensemble during the Summer Piano Festival at RAM in June 2017.