Christina McMaster performs a colorful program featuring Book 1 of Debussy's Préludes alongside music by Stravinsky, Satie, Scarlatti, Bartók, and Ligeti.
Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Five Easy Pieces for piano duet by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Sonata in D minor, K. 18 by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie (1866-1925)
Étude pour les octaves by Claude Debussy
Étude pour les huit doigts by Claude Debussy
Sports et divertissements by Erik Satie
Sonata in F major, K. 445 by Domenico Scarlatti
Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm No. 2 by Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Étude No. 8,"Fem" by György Ligeti (1923-2006)
Étude No. 5, "Arc-en-ciel" by György Ligeti
Christina McMaster 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 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 organization dedicated to promoting equality through unique and imaginative programming.
Christina is a dedicated performer, commissioner, and discoverer of new music. She has worked with established composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tansy Davies, and Stephen Montague, as well as emerging composers such as Freya Waley-Cohen and Richard Bullen.
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. Her next recording which will feature the music of Claude Debussy and Erik Satie.
In 2015, she co-led a study day on Minimalism at the Kings Place alongside composer Stephen Montague and 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, and she also teaches at the Hall School in Hampstead. She recently performed and gave masterclasses at Churchill College, Cambridge. Future masterclasses and lectures include at Denison University in Ohio, Middlesex University, and a week-long piano course in Umbria. christinamcmaster.com