Cristina Ortiz’ natural musicality, masterful craftsmanship and commitment to refined playing have ensured her a place among the most respected pianists in the world. Throughout her extensive career she has performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, and the Chicago Symphony, Philharmonia and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras amongst many others. She has collaborated with conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, André Previn and David Zinman.
Ortiz’ remarkable technique and acute sense of musical adventure is particularly evident in her wide-ranging repertoire. A popular artist with promoters and audiences around the world, she has recently worked with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de Sâo Paulo, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Haydn Orchestra Bolzano and Trento. Highlights in coming seasons include her debut with the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais as well as a European tour with the Fine Arts Quartet to include Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
Beyond the concert platform, Cristina Ortiz has recorded some thirty albums for EMI Classics, Decca, Collins Classics and, most recently, Intrada, Naxos and BIS. Spring 2014 saw Naxos release her recording of solo piano works by York Bowen, while three previous recordings on the same label are collaborations with the Fine Arts Quartet – featuring music by Saint-Saëns, Franck (which won a Gramophone Editor’s Choice plaudit) and Fauré respectively.
Between recitals and concerto performances, Ortiz is a passionate and committed teacher, giving masterclasses worldwide as well as private peripatetic lessons. She has recently held workshops at Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Australian National Academy of Music, National Centre for the Arts in Mexico, Tokyo College of Music and Per Piano Solo Festival in Amandola, Italy, as well as throughout the UK.
Cristina Ortiz began her studies in her native Brazil before moving to Paris with a scholarship, where she worked with Magda Tagliaferro. After winning a Gold Medal at the third Van Cliburn Competition in Texas, she went on to complete an invaluable period of tuition under the guidance of Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, before choosing to settle in London.