Born and raised in Bucharest, pianist Cristiana Achim studies at the Royal
College of Music (BMus 4) in London under the tutelage of Nigel Clayton.
A winner of numerous international music competitions, Cristiana has most
recently been awarded the Special Prize ‘Debut in Transylvania’ at the ‘Youth
of Music 2021 International Competition’ (Romania) with a Recital Award, and
the second-prize at the ‘Orbetello International Piano Competition 2021 edition’
(Italy). She is generously supported by the Talent Unlimited Foundation.
Cristiana has performed in prestigious UK venues like Queen Elizabeth Hall, St
James’s Picadilly, Drapers Hall or St Paul’s Church (Bedford). Upcoming
engagements include performances at St. James’s Piccadilly and the Arcu?
Cultural Centre (Romania, Transylvania). As a resident artist with the
Romanian Royal House, she is often invited to play with the Royal Camerata
Orchestra and to give piano recitals at the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest.
She has participated in piano masterclasses throughout Europe, most recently at
the British Isles Music Festival, Malta International Music Festival, and
Cristiana has developed a keen interest in jazz and folk music and is well-versed
in the art of improvisation. In 2019, she released three of her singles, which are
based on Romanian folk tunes: ‘‘Little Cloud Passing by’’, ‘’Cristina’’,
‘’S.H.E’’. In 2020 she was selected to become a member of the Rezidenta21
music organisation, offering her the opportunity to explore her curiosity for
contemporary and electronic music.
She is an active volunteer for the “Ro and You” Romanian Organization, which
offered her many opportunities to develop the Romanian educational system by
teaching music to disadvantaged children. Recently becoming a Benedetti
Foundation Music Ambassador, she is developing creative education projects,
working alongside the violionist Nicola Benedetti and her collaborators in 2021-
Most recently, Cristiana joined the World Heart Beat Music Academy from
London as their newest piano teacher.
Greatest Musical Inspiration
My professor Nigel Clayton and the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Best Musical Advice
Never give up on your dreams, follow them until you understand how important they are! Trust yourself, because if you don’t, no one will. 🙂