'Zigeunerweisen is a violin sensation: spectacular virtuoso music with heartfelt Romantic melodies and astonishing technical fireworks. These qualities first inspired me at a young age; after playing it many times, I am fascinated by its musical freedom that allows the violinist's interpretation to evolve spontaneously with every performance. It is hugely exciting for me to present Zigeunerweisen on my first album, alongside the suave nostalgia of Fritz Kreisler's Liedesleid and Marche Miniature Viennoise.'
A recipient of the Gold Meda with High Distinction at the 2019 International Vienna Music Competition, where his performances were praised for 'huge musicality, a depth of understanding and technical virtuosity,', Cristian previously received the First Prize at the inaugural 'Global' International Violin Competition and was a string finalist at the BBC Young Musician. In 2017 he was honored and humbled to receive the distinguished J. and A. Beare Prize from the Royal Academy of Music, its most renowned award, gifted to the most outstanding violin graduate. In the same year. the Academy also invited him to perform chamber music alongside his mentor, Maxim Vengarov, in Vengerov's final performance as Menuhin professor.
Cristian plays a Camillo Camilli violin from 1740, on generous loan from The Benslow Trust, and is supported by UK music charity Talent Unlimited.
Mark Kinkaid, piano, was born in 1965 and started piano aged six He both performs with orchestra and as an accompanist at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and BBC Symphony Orchestra. Mark has broadcast a duet recital with ClassicFM with Lisa Friend, and has performed with flautist James Dutton at London's Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group Recitals. Previous recordings include for Hyperion, 'Luminance' with Lisa Friend and Anna Stokes (Champs Hill Records, 2014) and 'Serenity' with violinists Nicole Crespo O'Donoghue (2019).