Welcome to my website!
I am María Cristina, a south Spanish freelance flutist based in Amsterdam for over 7 years.
I have attained my Bachelor's and Master's degree in Granada with Javier Castiblanque, and in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, under the guidance of Vincent Cortvrint for flute and piccolo, Marten Root for historical flutes, and Kersten McCall for modern flute.
Besides my mentoring at school, I have complemented my education with masterclasses by Felix Renggli, Jacques Zoon, Harrie Starreveld, Robert Dick, Marieke Schneemann, Marc Hantaï, Alexis Kossenko, Kate Clark, Anne Smith, Alvaro Octavio, Davide Formisano, Miguel Angel Angulo, Antonio Nuez and Magdalena Martínez.
My love for the historically informed performance made me specialize not only in modern flute, but also in early flutes (concretely flutes from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic period) and historical interpretation.
During this time, I have been fortunate to study in a city and in a conservatory where I have met a broad diversity of people, and where I have learned a huge variety of musical styles, from classical music to contemporary, early music, jazz, and even world music.
Dedicating my life to music has brought me to different parts of the world and has helped me to connect with people from different cultures and backgrounds, something that has opened my mind in many ways.
Over the years I have had the pleasure to work with renowned conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Myung-whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Minasi, Jaap van Zweden, Elim Chan, Michele Mariotti, Duncan Ward, Ed Spanjaard, Lucas Vis, Jules Buckley, Christian Elsässer and Jos van Veldhoven, just to name a few.
Meanwhile, I have also had the great honor to collaborate with world's top orchestras and ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (KCO), Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Het Nieuw Ensemble, Metropole Orkest, Orkest van het Oosten, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Linos Ensemble and Ensemble Resonanz, among others.
I would also like to take my chance to express my gratitude to Het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument for helping me buying my beautiful modern flute.
Thank you for your support!