About Cris

A native of Los Angeles and born to Salvadorian parents, Cristian discovered the guitar at the age of 17 while listening to Spanish music from the Baroque and 19th Centuries. Starting from scratch and working out of several method books, he taught himself to read music and rudimentary technique. Through the guidance of his first teacher, James Hunley, he developed the passion and discipline necessary for the guitar and eventually went on to study with John Dearman of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

In 2013, Cristian moved to New York City to study with the renowned guitarist and composer David Leisner at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. While there, he actively performed as both a soloist and chamber musician in settings all over the east coast.

Focusing on the standard repertoire was not the only thing that interested him and thus he started to dig deep into the undiscovered repertoire of the guitar. This would lead him to focus on performing lesser-known works to the pleasant surprise of audiences. On top of re-discovering music, Cristian has been active in the contemporary scene by commissioning music by composers such as David Noon, Danny Leo, Brian Morales, Derek Cooper, and various others.

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Cristian has had the privilege of playing for legendary musicians such as Judicael Perroy, Jorge Caballero, Oscar Ghiglia, David Tanenbaum, Carlos Barbosa- Lima, Denis Azabagic, and Michael Newman.

Institutions where I have taught:

New York

New York

Great Neck,
New York

New York

Palos Verdes,

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