“My ambition is to share with you what I have learned from others, what I have researched in various fields of medieval music, and my own experience as performer, researcher, and pedagogue.”
Approaching ways how to perform medieval music means getting to know an instrument, its repertory, and its context. At the same time, growing as a performer demands an artistic development.
For anyone willing to perform medieval music it might seem a demanding task to get familiar with all those essential elements. The reward is worth. Probable none of us can assure with security how was medieval music back at then. However, this should not stop us from getting as close as we can.
I want to encourage anyone to enter deeply into medieval music, and to join a community of people who is making medieval music better understood. To educate means – to me – to help others discovering how to use thought to obtain a larger number of choices. The beauty is when one realises that every little step in the acquisition of knowledge transforms our image of what medieval music is to us.
My philosophy: an intelligent mind is and inquiring mind
Medieval music is a wonderful field to develop thinking skills and to open our mind far beyond the way we understand the world as 21st-century humans: civilization, culture, traditions. As we learn from the past we make questions about the present. We realize we knew little about the origins of today’s world. By stimulating the desire of learning we awake interest in nowadays’ mentality becoming better people.
Some of the persons I admire the most are those who despite the incredible amount of things they have learned, they are still constantly looking for more. They are an example of curiosity and healthy mind. Knowledge is infinite and surrounds us. To enjoy the fruits of this knowledge is your choice. I made my choice, what is yours?
Where do I teach?
I am teacher and assistant director at the International Course on Medieval Music Performance of Besalú (Spain), teacher and director of the International Course on Late Medieval & Renaissance Music of San Marino (San Marino), and teacher at the Centre International de Musiques Médiévales of Montpellier (France).
International Course on Medieval Music Performance of Besalú
The International Course on Medieval Music Performance of Besalú (Spain) which is dedicated to music from the 11th to the 13th centuries. It includes not only performance practice of many different instruments and voices, but also musicology, art history, philology and more.
Centre International de Musiques Médiévales (CIMM) of Montpellier
The Centre International de Musiques Médiévales (CIMM) of Montpellier (France) is a center dedicated to medieval music up to 14th century. There I teach portative organ a number of weekends during the academic year.
International Course on Late Medieval & Renaissance Music of San Marino
The International Course on Late Medieval & Renaissance Music of San Marino (Italy), which is dedicated mostly to polyphonic music from the 14th to the 16th centuries. The students work intensively in ensembles of voices and instruments and prepare a concert program that will tour in the region.
“It was an extraordinary experience to approach through the guidance of Cristina the dawn of the European organ, which is so little known. It was absolutely touching to listen to the pipes of her portative organ singing with the flexibility and the expressiveness of the human voice.”
Raúl del Toro