Cristina Lucio

Cristina Lucio-Villegas

Cristina Lucio-Villegas studied in Seville with J. A. Coso and M. Floristán and at the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music with Professor Ana Guijarro, graduating in 2003 with the highest grades and awards (Honour Prize). She continued her studies at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) with professor Tuija Hakkila (Master’s Degree in 2008), and at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music (Belgium) under the direction of A. R. El Bacha and D. Bashkirov (“Artist Diploma” in 2011) receiving always the highest awards and distinctions. She has recently been awarded with the Special Prize “Rosa Sabater” to the best interpreter of Spanish Music in the 55th International Piano Competition “Premio Jaén” (2013), Medal and Special Prize “Instituto Cervantes” in the 54th International Music Competition Maria Canals of Barcelona (2008), First Prize in the "Manuel del Águila" Piano Competition (2009), Second Prize in the 7th “José Roca” competition (2004), Second Prize and Prize to Spanish Music performance in the 4th “Ciudad de la Línea” competition (2003), First Prize and Special Prize for the Musicality in the 17th “Marisa Montiel” competition (1998), among others.

From 1999 to 2003 she has been the pianist of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE), taking part in important tours in Spain and other European countries. In 2002 she made her debut in the National Auditorium of Madrid and in the Auditorium of Zaragoza, performing as soloist, accompanied by JONDE, pieces by Rafael Rodríguez Albert, which she recorded on CD for the recording labels Fundación Autor and Verso. She performs regularly accompanied by orchestra or piano solo, chamber music and lied recitals, in important music halls in Europe. She has also performed in Indonesia, Oman or Brazil. In 2008, after passing an open competition, she became a piano teacher at the conservatories of Madrid. She has collaborated with many orchestras and contemporary music ensembles, playing the premier of contemporary works and making recordings for CD, radio and TV. In 2010, in the framework of Chopin's year, she offered several recitals sponsored by the Carlos de Amberes Foundation in Madrid, the Polish Cultural Institute and Patrimonio Nacional of Spain and she performed at the Chopin Festival organized in the Flagey Auditorium in Brussels. In October 2010 she made a tour in Brazil, sponsored by Instituto Cervantes. Among her latest engagements she has offered recitals at the prestigious Maestranza Theatre in Seville and the Juan March Foundation in Madrid.