Biography

Cristina Alís Raurich is a historical keyboard player, researcher, and medieval music specialist born in Mataró—a town near Barcelona. She first studied piano with Irina Pochekina and Stanislav Pochekin at the Conservatori del Liceu, and completed a master’s degree at the Escola Luthier d’Arts Musicals (Barcelona) with the pianist Gennady Dzubenko. At the same time she studied historical organ with Josep M. Mas i Bonet, Wijnand van de Pol and José Luis Gonzalez Uriol, focusing on the Spanish organ repertoire. After that she moved to the Netherlands to study with Prof. Naum Grubert at the Koninklijk Conservatorium (The Hague, The Netherlands).

Her interest in medieval music prompted her to enter the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland) where she completed a Master’s degree in Medieval and Renaissance keyboard instruments (clavicimbalum, clavicytherium, hammered clavicimbalum and organetto), studying with Corina Marti and privately with Christophe Deslignes. Cristina also studied medieval percussion and musicology with Dr. Mauricio Molina. Cristina is a member of the groups such as “Magister Petrus” directed by Dr. Mauricio Molina, “La Douce Semblance” directed by Brice Duisit, “Le Souvenir”, “Carmina Harmonica”, “Sonus Hyspanie” and “Hamelin Consort”, which was awarded the Förderpreis für Alte Musik in 2012 (Saarbrücken, Germany). With these groups and as a soloist she has performed in Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Lithuania, Italy, Poland, UK, Sweden, Norway, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

Cristina is assistant director and faculty member of the International Course on Medieval Music Performance (11th-14th centuries) of Besalú (Catalonia) and director of the International Course on Late Medieval and Renaissance Music of San Marino (San Marino). She gives courses and master class on medieval music and medieval keyboards around Europe. Some of her projects include performing on various reconstructed medieval organs across Europe (instruments by Walter Chinaglia), and the researching and publishing of hitherto little known medieval keyboard music.

Cristina Alís Raurich is Visiting Scholar at the Centre International de Musiques Médiévales (CIMM)-Du ciel aux marges; the Université Paul-Valéry – Montpellier 3, and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole. She is also in residence at the Fondation Royaumont in a project on the organ of the 11-12th centuries and its repertoire.
With the focus to the organs of the 9th-12th centuries Cristina organized together to Gisèle Clément the interdisciplinar Symposium “de organis that took place in St-Guilhem-le-Désert in May 2018, with the support of the University Paul Valery of Montpellier, the CIMM, the CEMM (Centre d’Études Medievales de Montpellier), Medieval Music Besalú, and the Fondation Royaumont.

She is currently in a Doctoral Program at the University of Würzburg (Germany) / Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) researching on Aquitanian tropes.

As a pianist she debuted with Mozart Concerto in A Major K.414 with the Orquestra de Girona, and won first-prize awards in piano competitions. Cristina had taught piano at the Conservatory of Girona (Catalonia) and at the Conservatoire de Saint-Louis (France) and has worked extensively as lied accompanist.

Interview at Early Music Muse:

The medieval portative organ: an interview with Cristina Alís Raurich


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