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Born in Bucharest, Romania to a family of musicians, Cristian Sandrin started his musical training with Marina Dragomirescu and Cristian Dumitrescu at the “Dinu Lipatti” Art College. He had his solo debut at the famous Romanian Atheneum Hall in 2006. He is currently studying under Diana Ketler and Christopher Elton for Advanced Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music. He is the recipient of MMus (DipRAM) and BMus degrees from the same institution, holding scholarships from the Imogen Cooper Music Trust, Countess of Munster Trust, John S Cohen Foundation, Carold Craxton Memorial Prize, Help Musicians UK, the Hattori Foundation and the Tillett Trust.
Cristian Sandrin is a very active musician, having his Wigmore Hall debut recital in 2017. Since 2014 Cristian has also been experimenting with conducting small orchestral ensembles from keyboard during Piano Festivals at RAM. Other UK engagements brought Cristian on the venues of the Queen Elisabeth Hall, St James Piccadilly, Brighton, Oxford, Chipping Campden, and numerous music hubs through the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme. 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 included performances at Salle Cortot Paris, Salla Manuel de Falla in Madrid, Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano, “La Fenice” Theatre in Venice, “Bulgaria Hall” in Sophia at the Polish National Philharmonic Hall during the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Competition,
Among numerous prizes and distinctions in international piano competitions, such as the top prize of the Windsor International Piano Competition 2018, the Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Piano Competition, Automobile Club de France Piano Competition, the “Animato” Competition in Paris, ProPiano International Competition or 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.