Christina McMaster hailed as ‘One to watch’ by International piano Magazine is a highly innovative pianist and curator with a continually growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances of uniquely crafted programmes. She was St John’s Smith Square Young artist in residence 2016-17 and recently appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Christina has performed extensively in major venues including at the Southbank Centre, Cheltenham Festival, Dartington International Summer School, a European tour with EUYO, Aldeburgh Festival, Symphony Space in New York along with broadcasts and live performances on BBC Radio. She has won numerous prizes including the Jacob Barnes Award, The Royal Academy Christian Carpenter Prize, The CAVATINA Chamber music prize and audience prize in the Jacques Samuels Intercollegiate Competition.
She has collaborated with a diverse mix of genres and arts, recently working with string players Kristine and Margarita Balanas, the Ligeti Quartet, cellist/singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Opera Director Daisy Evans. Christina is also 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 with Freya Waley-Cohen and Ayanna Witter-Johnson.
In 2015 she launched her debut album Pinks & Blues 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. She has also recorded a collection of Satie inspired works by Richard Fowles to mark the eccentric composer's 150th anniversary.
Christina is a passionate educator and has given masterclasses and lectures at Cambridge University, Denison University,Ohio and for the Royal Academy of Music.
She attended the Purcell School, Trinity Laban where she studied with Douglas Finch and the Royal Academy of Music with Joanna MacGregor. She has a particular interest in French music of the 20th Century and regularly has sessions with Maestro Bernard Flavigny (pupil of Alfred Cortot and Walter Gieseking)
In 2018, following a chance meeting with Professor Sir John Strang, she worked with Scientists at Kings College London to create a lying down concert experience questioning if the benefits of a hallucinogenic experience could be recreated. This evolved into Lie down and Listen - a lying down concert experience preceded by meditation.
Follow Christina on Spotify and be the first to hear her new album Inner Landscape out Spring 2022.