Solo Harp at the Valencian Community Orchestra
"Palau de Las Arts Reina Sofia de València"


Unanimously winner of the 1st prize of the "Torneo Internazionale di Musica" in Rome and the 1st prize at the 32nd Concorso Internazionale di Arpa "Premio Valentino Bucchi", Cristina Montes is consecrated as one of the most important international harpists of her generation.

Born in Seville (Dic-1984), where she began her studies, she was perfected in London and at the Staatskapelle Berlin Akademie, under the direction of Master D. Barenboim.

Winner also of the competitions "Harp Plus", "Youth musical", the international competition "Harpist Ludovico", "International Nippon Harp Contest", and the “Concours International Lily Skine" in Paris.

She has offered highly successful recitals throughout Europe, USA, Japan and South America; and concerts for harp and orchestra together with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orquesta Simón Bolívar of Venezuela, Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, the Valencian Community Orchestra of the Palau de les Arts, Orchestra of Santiago de Chile, or the Orchester December Theater für Niedersachsen Hannover, among others. Her recitals and concerts with orchestra have taken her to halls such as the Philharmonie of Berlin, Tonhalle of Zürich, Royal Albert Hall of London, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, or Carnegie Hall of New York. Her participation in the international Festival of Rio de Janeiro has been emphasised, as well as her most recent concert in the Royal Palace of Madrid offered for the King and Queen  of Spain in the commemoration ceremony of the 60th anniversary of Spain at the UN, and broadcast live internationally.

She has been a solo harpist for the Valencia Orchestra and she is currently the solo harp of the Valencian Community Orchestra of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, directed by L. Maazel, Z. Mehta, G. Prêtre, V. Gergiev and R. Chailly. She has also been a solo harpist for the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, along with Fr. Boulez, Sir Colin Davis or B. Haitink. Since 2013, she is also harp chair Professor at the Advanced Music Conservatory “Joaquín Rodrigo” of Valencia. Moreover, she frequently gives international masterclasses in Berklee College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, or Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Her most important works include the CD "Works for Harp" together with 11 premiere Spanish composers.

She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she combines her soloist activity with the recording of her next CD.