Cristo Barrios is a spontaneous, emotionally intense and hypnotic clarinettist, delicate at the same time as powerful. These qualities led him to an important international career as a soloist and chamber musician which combines classical/romantic repertoire with new creations and a special interest in music of the 20th century. Besides, his performances for clarinet, dancers and free improvisation are much in demand and show him as a versatile and unique artist.
Most recently Cristo Barrios embarked upon recital projects in some of the most important venues, such as Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin and Viena, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Carnegie Hall in New York. As a chamber musician he has appeared with the Elias, Endellion, Arditti and Brodsky string quartets.
Mr. Barrios has worked with composers such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kaija Saariaho, Helmut Lachenmann and Pierre Boulez and has given a number of world premieres including Gustavo Díaz-Jerez’s Symphonic Poem ‘Ayssuragan’ with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoine Marguier, and Nino Díaz’s Second Clarinet Concerto with the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. His recording projects stem from the same passion for providing new musical creations as broad an audience as possible, along with very personal interpretations of repertory already known. Thus, Cristo Barrios recorded ‘The Voice of the Clarinet’ (Divine Art Records), a CD with original transcriptions of lieder; ‘20th Century Music for Clarinet’ (Metier Records), which includes works by Bernstein, Bax, Berg, Brotons and Honneger; and ‘Iamus’ (Melomics Records), a CD with music created through an innovative project at the University of Málaga involving composers, musicians and scientists.
Cristo Barrios has given master classes at the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Superior Conservatory in Lisbon, the University of Arts in Zürich, the Strasbourg Conservatory, the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Cologne Conservatory, the Liszt Academy in Budapest and the Amsterdam Conservatory. In the last years he has developed new methodologies that introduce interdisciplinary innovations including the use of free improvisation, singing and dance which improve the performance skills of his students.
Cristo Barrios is working with the clarinet maker René Hagmann, who has made significant advances in his clarinets. Cristo is a Buffet Crampon artist and a Vandoren artist.