“Remembering the young and promising pianist she was some years ago and listening to her now, in her emerging and lucid maturity, provides me with great satisfaction. Undoubtedly virtuous, Lucio-Villegas’ recital main characteristic was its deep sense of music, thanks to an elegant and flexible tempo control, an exquisite sensitivity and a wise use of the instrument’s colour (…)” Pablo J. Vayón. (Diario de Sevilla. November 2015)
Spanish pianist and orchestra conductor Cristina Lucio-Villegas is a complete, versatile and charismatic artist. She started her musical education as a pianist, studying in Seville with María Floristán and later at the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music with Professor Ana Guijarro, graduating in 2003 with the highest grades and awards. 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 performs regularly accompanied by orchestra or in piano solo, chamber music and lied recitals, in important music halls in Europe and beyond (Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Indonesia…). She has played as soloist accompanied by the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra, the Bari Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Spanish Youth National Orchestra, among others, in concert halls such as the “Auditorio Nacional de Música” (Madrid), Zaragoza Auditorium, Auditorium “Ciudad de León”, Lille Opera House, Sibelius Academy Concert Hall (Helsinki), Palais des Beaux Arts (BOZAR) and Flagey Auditorium (Brussels) or Teatro Santa Isabel (Recife, Brazil).
She has won prizes in important piano competitions, such as the Special Prize “Rosa Sabater” to the best interpreter of Spanish Music in the 55th International Piano Competition “Premio Jaén”, Medal and Special Prize “Instituto Cervantes” in the 54th International Music Competition Maria Canals of Barcelona, First Prize in the “Manuel del Águila” Piano Competition, Second Prize in the “José Roca” competition or Second Prize and Prize to best Spanish music performance in the “Ciudad de la Línea” competition. Her Spanish music performances have been highly awarded both by critic and public.
From 1999 to 2003 she was 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.
Her interest in chamber music has led to projects with different groups and soloists. Since 2015 she has performed in duo with the Spanish pianist Laura Sánchez, forming the Dúo Scarbó, taking part in important festivals and events.
She has collaborated with many orchestras and contemporary music ensembles, playing the premiere of contemporary works and making recordings for CD, radio and TV. She has offered recitals sponsored by important foundations, such as the Carlos de Amberes Foundation in Madrid, Patrimonio Nacional of Spain and Instituto Cervantes.
Her passion for symphonic music inspired her to study orchestral conducting, making her debut as a conductor in 2015. During this period she conducted professional ensembles and orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of the Catholic University of Murcia (OSUCAM) and the JMJ Symphony Orchestra and Choir. She graduated in 2018 with the highest distinctions.
Among her latest engagements as pianist, she has offered recitals at the prestigious Maestranza Theatre (Seville), the Juan March Foundation (Madrid), the Gran Teatro Falla (Cádiz) or the National Philharmonic of Ukraine. She has recently recorded the CD “Perpetuum Castillo” with label IBS Classical.