"One of the living masters of the gaita"
— The Wall Street Journal (2013)
(Photo: C. Taylor Crothers, Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment)
“Ms. Pato will amaze you. Her playing dismisses any notion of a square, martial quality, infusing almost constant exotic coloration, finding entire ranges of microtones between pitches and bending one into another (...) what Mr. Golijov calls “something incredibly primal.”
— New York Times, James R. Oestreich (September 16, 2006)
“Cristina Pato the Galician Bagpipe diva is renowned for her dramatic performances, but what counts is her skill and familiarity with that octopus of an instrument, the gaita"
— BBC, Jean Bechhofer (January, 2004)
"Ms. Pato’s sound is unlike any bagpipe playing you’ve heard: imagine the timbres of an oboe, a metal-ready electric guitar and a screaming trumpet rolled into a single, virtuosic burst of energy”
— New York Times, Allan Kozinn (August 21, 2007)
"Lo mejor de Cristina Pato quizá no sea tanto este presente que la ilusiona, sino el futuro que se le adivina ...”
— El País, Carlos Galilea (23 de Marzo de 1999)
Here are some pictures from the Biografilm Festival in Bologna, where Cristina is attending the Italian premiere of Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble. The documentary was received with a standing ovation by the audience in the theatre Cinema Lumière, where Cristina also did a surprise bagpipe performance after the screening.
In the awards ceremony, Cristina received the special award for Peace and Culture, on behalf of SilkRoad.
Cristina’s concerts with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia have been a great success, with sold-out venues and several minutes long ovations. The press coverage of such a historic event was thorough, with even live broadcasts in the news. Here are some pictures from the performance at the Auditorio de Galicia, in Santiago de Compostela:
On Saturday 4th, Cristina and the Real Filharmonía took their music to a more family oriented venue, the Eugenio Granell Park in Santiago de Compostela, where both the young and the old enjoyed the performance: