Latvian cellist Kristiana I. is a promising young artist. She began playing the cello at age of 6 and has since then studied at the Purcell School of Music and obtained degrees with distinction from Royal College of Music, London in Bachelor of Music, Master of Performance and Artist Diploma.
Kristiana has worked with many prominent musicians including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Jurowski, Alan Gilbert, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Pinchas Zukerman, Nicola Benedetti, Sasha Rozhdestvensky and Harlem Quartet. Her teachers include Melissa Phelps, Robert Cohen and Richard Lester. She has performed with many orchestras and last season she played Elgar concerto with Exeter Symphony Orchestra and Bushey Symphony Orchestra, Lalo concerto with Todmorden Orchestra, Dvorak concerto with Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra.
Kristiana has won many international and national competitions, recently being awarded the Muriel Taylor Scholarship (2016) and the First Prize and Unaccompanied Bach Prize at the Violoncello competition at the Royal College of Music, London (2018, 2017 and 2015). She has participated in many masterclasses with world acclaimed cellists such as Jérôme Pernoo, Torleif Thedéen, Amit Peled, Christoph Richter, Hans-Jørgen Jensen, Franz Bartolomey, Melissa Kraut, Raphael Wallfisch, Hillel Zori, Natalie Clein and Johannes Goritzki. Kristiana has given recitals across Europe and North America in major concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall. She enjoys playing chamber music and regularly takes part in chamber music festivals across Europe. Last two seasons Kristiana was one of the few musicians to be selected for the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme in England. She has also taken part in London Symphony Orchestra string experience scheme and English National Opera scheme.