Christina McMaster is the wonderful pianist performing on ‘Un Hommage à Erik’. She is a highly innovative pianist and curator with a continually growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances. Christina has performed extensively in major venues including at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place, Aldeburgh Festival, St John’s Smith Square, a European tour with EUYO, the Holders Season, Barbados and on BBC Radio 3. She has won numerous prizes including the Jacob Barnes Award, The Royal Academy Christian Carpenter Prize, The CAVATINA Chamber music trust prize and audience prize and the audience prize in the Jacques Samuels Intercollegiate Competition.
Christina attended the specialist music school Purcell School, Trinity Laban where she studied with Douglas Finch and the Royal Academy of Music with Joanna MacGregor graduating with a first from in 2013. Christina has continued her education and exploration, in particular an avid interest in 20th Century French Pianism and Music, taking masterclasses with Pierre Laurent-Aimaird and Maestro Bernard Flavigny (who has a direct lineage to Debussy)
She has collaborated with a diverse mix of genres and arts, recently working with the Brodowski Quartet, violinist Lizzie Ball, rapper Tor Cesay, Director Richard Williams, actors from Central Saint Martin’s and a number of designers for London Fashion week. Christina is a strong supporter of diversity within and outside of the arts and recently founded Ensemble WOW – an organisation dedicated to promoting equality through unique and imaginative programming.
Christina is a dedicated performer, commissioner and discoverer of new music working with established composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tansy Davies and Stephen Montague as well as emerging composers – collaborating most recently with Freya Waley-Cohen, Richard Bullen and Richard Fowles.
Christina launched her debut album Pinks & Blues in October 2015 on her own label to a sell-out audience at St James’ Theatre, the album is a fusion of jazz and blues influenced classical and contemporary music with two new commissions.
In 2015 she co-led a study day on Minimalism at the Kings Place alongside composer Stephen Montague, taught on the composition for piano course at Dartington International Summer School (led by Hugh Wood). She teaches Post-Graduates at the Royal Academy of Music and curates for its annual Piano Festival, she also teaches at the Hall School in Hampstead. Future masterclasses and lectures include at Denison University in Ohio, Middlesex University, for CoMA Music (contemporary music for all) and a week-long piano course in Umbria.
Look out for future performances at Cheltenham Festival and Symphony Space in New York. www.christinamcmaster.com