Cristian Andriș is a Romanian-Swiss violist born in 1984 in Timișoara. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s studies at the „Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía” Madrid, „Hochschule für Musik” Freiburg, „Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana” Lugano and „Hochschule für Musik und Theater” Hamburg, studying viola with teachers like Wolfram Christ, Bruno Giuranna, Gérard Caussé, Marius Nichiteanu, Diemut Poppen, David Quiggle and Jensen Horn Sim Lam. During his studies, Cristian participated in masterclasses with world renowed violinists such as Tabea Zimmermann, Hatto Beyerle, Hartmut Rohde, Wolfram Christ, Walter Küssner, Barbara Westphal, Andra Darzins, Tanja Christ and Gruia Dan Mitu.
In 2019 he was awarded, with the highest distinction, the title of Doctor in Music by the National University of Music in Bucharest. In July 2021 he obtained the Certificate of habilitation from the Ministry of Education and the position of viola professor at the West University Timișoara – Faculty of Music and Theater, where he has worked since 2014. Cristian also offers masterclasses in Romania and abroad, and his students work in some of the most important philharmonic orchestras in his native country, pedagogy being an important aspect in his career.
As a soloist he has performed with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, „Orquesta Filarmonía Madrid”, „Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra”, National Youth Orchestra of Romania, „Banatul” Philharmonic Orchestra Timișoara, „Transylvania” Philharmonic Orchestra Cluj and Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra.
As an orchestra musician, Cristian performs as principal viola in the „Swiss Orchestra” and the „Romanian Chamber Orchestra”, and collaborates with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble whose artistic director is the famous violinist Daniel Hope.
Cristian has performed in various chamber music groups with world renowned musicians including: Robert Cohen, Boris Garlitsky, Gerhard Schulz, Dorin Marc, Alissa Margulis, Latica Honda Rosenberg, Isabel Charisius, Felix Renggli, Răzvan Popovici, Bernhard Hartog, Liviu Prunaru, Wolfram Christ, Andra Darzins, Marin Cazacu, Olaf Maninger, Marc Bouchkov, Alexander Kerr, Alberto Menchen, Alexander Buzlov and Ulrich Wolff.
Starting with 2019, he is the artistic director of the „Romanian Chamber Orchestra”, an ensemble that brings together under the baton of maestro Cristian Măcelaru some of the most important Romanian musicians working in the country and abroad.
Cristian has performed concerts in venues like: „Philharmonie Berlin”, „Elbphilharmonie Hamburg”, „NCPA Beijing”, „Shanghai Grand Theater”, „Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid”, „Konzerthaus Berlin”, „Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona”, „Taipei National Concert Hall”, „Teatro Real Madrid”, „Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía Valencia”, „Lotte Concert Hall Seoul”, „Tonhalle Zürich”, „KKL Luzern”, „Victoria Hall Geneva”, „Herkulessaal München”, „Auditorium Parco della Musica/Sala Santa Cecilia Roma”, „ Alte Oper Frankfurt”, „Katara Opera House Doha”, „Romanian Athenaeum” Bucharest, under the baton of conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Roger Norrington, Dennis Russell Davies, Sir Colin Davis, Cristian Măcelaru, Ion Marin, Cristian Mandeal, James Gaffigan, Lü Jia, Alexandre Bloch, Gabriel Bebeșelea.
Cristian plays a viola built by French maker Charles Boullangier in 1885 in London and with a bow made by Stéphane Thomachot in Paris.