About this Artist
In the words of Maestro Zubin Mehta:
“… Cristina is one among those very few individuals who have reached the very top of her field”.
Unanimous 1st Prize winner at the “Torneo Internazionale di Musica” (Rome) and the International Harp Competition “V. Bucchi”, Cristina Montes Mateo is recognized as one of the leading harpists of her generation throughout the world. She has also won four more international contests (Paris -Laskine and Sacem-, Madrid and Tokyo), as well as numerous national awards.
She usually appears as a soloist with major orchestras like the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Philharmonic Orchestra of Málaga, Francisco de Miranda Orchestra in Venezuela, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Theatre für Niedersachsen in Germany, and the Santiago de Chile Orchestra.
She has performed at many world leading festivals, highlighting the concert for the King and the Queen of Spain and the President of the U.N. at the Royal Palace in Madrid, being broadcasted live internationally.
She was selected by Lorin Maazel as Principal Harp of the Valencia Opera House Orchestra (Spain), and usually plays with the Munich Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Staatsoper Berlin and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
A sought-after teacher, she also gives regular Master classes at Berklee College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire or Musikhochschule in Cologne.