Hudební fakulta JAMU - Aktuality - Cristo Barrios

Cristo Barrios  

Cristo Barrios was born in the Canary Islands in 1976. He graduated from the Tenerife Conservatory with the highest marks, whilst at the same time pursuing study with his master teacher, Joan Enric Lluna, in Barcelona. Subsequently he entered the Royal Academy of Music in London courtesy of scholarships from the Spanish Government, the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe and sponsorship from the Picker Award, and gained his Postgraduate Performance Diploma with distinction.

During this educational period he was awarded 17 prizes, both academic and non-academic. Among his many accolades for performance Cristo has garnered the First Prize at the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarships (London, 2000), First Prize at the Pedro Bote International Music Competition (Badajoz, 2000), First Prize and Gold Medal at the Primer Palau Young Musicians Contest (Barcelona, 2001), International Music Competition “Chain Concours Moderne” (Riga, 2003), and other prizes in the XI Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition (Haverhill, 2000), the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust London Music Competition (London, 2001) and the “Guadamora” International Chamber Music Competition (Córdoba, 2003).

Cristo recently made his debut at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, where he performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Gonçal Comellas Chamber
Orchestra. He has also appeared with the Barcelona Filharmonia under the baton of Miquel Ortega, in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto as well as the Weber Second Concerto.Of these performances La Vanguardia in Barcelona remarked, “…Cristo Barrios distinguished himself…He is conscious of his possibilities” and praised his “…pure sound, good work on phrasing and dynamics”.After a performance with the Andorra National Orchestra of Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations, the magazine Catalonia Música declared his playing…excellent on aspects purely mechanical as well as in the variety of sounds and articulations.”

Some other debuts at the López de Ayala Theatre (Badajoz), Torroella de Montgrí International Music Festival, Gran Teatro de Cáceres, the Llangollen International Music Festival (Wales), St Martin-in-the-Fields (London) and St John’s, Smith Square (London) have taken place in addition to performances for radio and TV stations such as the Cadena Ser Radio, Catalonia Radio, the Catalonia National Channel TV3, the Britannic TV channel S4C (Digital), the Latvian National TV, and the BBC3.

Cristo Barrios is a keen recitalist and chamber musician with an intense particular interest in the field of contemporary music.This enthusiasm has been borne out in his recent premieres of Motus (2002) for clarinet and piano by the Spanish composer Blai Soler, “Duo” (2003) for clarinet and piano by English composer Sebastian Forbes or “Tilework Series” (2004) for solo clarinet, as well as his doctoral studies in performance at Leeds University which have specialised on the contemporary repertoire for clarinet, and particularly the figure of Sir Harrison Birtwistle, probably the most sensitive and innovative British contemporary composer for the instrument