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Silk Road Ensemble members rehearse a new musical work at a commissioning workshop.


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Silk Road Ensemble members rehearse a new musical work at a commissioning workshop at Tanglewood Music Center. Retreats and workshops provide an opportunity for Silk Road Ensemble members to develop music for a wide range of instruments.


"It is so easy to see how we are all connected and speak the same language when it comes to the music. The energy builds during a performance, and I value the energy that flows between me, the audience and the other players. That is a moment of pure magic."


Cristina Pato

Gaita, piano, composer (Spain) Hailed by The New York Times as “a virtuosic burst of energy”  and by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the living masters of the gaita” Galician bagpiper, pianist and composer Cristina Pato enjoys an active professional career devoted to Galician popular and classical music and jazz, and her dual careers have led to performances on major stages throughout Europe, USA, India, Africa and China.

Cristina Pato was the first female gaita (Galician bagpipe) player to release a solo album (1999) and has since collaborated on world stages with Yo-Yo Ma, Arturo O’Farril, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Osvaldo Golijov, World Orchestra and Paquito D’Rivera.

A pop star of the gaita in her native Spain, she moved to New York to attain her Doctorate and push her career in an entirely different direction. Cristina has combined her love of the gaita with an extraordinary blend of jazz and Latin sounds and her touring life includes a passionate commitment to education and cultural exchange.

Pato is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and a founding member of its Leadership Council, collaborating closely in tours and planning residencies, including the multi-year partnership between The Silk Road Project and Harvard University.

Cristina Pato holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano from Rutgers University, where she studied with a fellowship from Fundacion Barrie de la Maza. She is the founder and artistic director of Galician Connection, a world music forum celebrated annually in Galicia.

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