Cristina Crespo

· Flute ·


 

Flute brings me joy, beauty, purpose. It opens up my heart and my mind, it teaches me to listen deeply; it fires up my brain and my soul and it establishes a profound connection into myself and out to others.

 

Human connection is at the centre of my work. As a performer, I facilitate the link between emotion and audience; as a teacher, I accompany students through a journey of self discovery and exploration of the world of sound, through the wonderful vehicle of expression and connection that flute is. To accomplish this it is necessary, of course, to have a thorough knowledge not only musical and technical of the flute, but also of every performer's main instrument, the body; coupled with a pedagogy rooted in the optimal development of human capabilities and skills.

 

Due to my ecclectic training (Music Teaching Degree, Specialising in Flute at Professional Music Conservatoire of Valencia; Accredited Level 3 Suzuki Flute Teacher -through the European Suzuki Association in England and Finland, plus studies with Kelly Williamson in Canada-; Higher Degree in Drama, Specialising in Performance at ESAD Valencia) and to my moving from my native Spain to London in 2003, I have enjoyed until now a rich and varied professional life, including orchestral experience, as a soloist, in chamber music, world music, folk and gypsy jazz; and also as a hospital clown, in physical theatre, devising theatre, puppet theatre, improvisation, site specific performance and vocal dance. Such a varied activity has allowed me to integrate knowledge derived from of all of these performing disciplines and I have had the pleasure of being invited to teach Movement for Musicians and Stage Presence for Musicians Workshops both in Spain (TMJ, Valencia) and England (Suzuki Flute Summer School, Penzance); as well as Flute Masterclasses in England (Berkshire Suzuki Flute Group).

 

In 2008 I started the London Suzuki Flute Studio, teaching students whose ages ranged from 3 years old to mature students (including professional musicians in search of a different perspective). The Studio's activities included, among others, weekly individual and group lessons, and regular concerts at the royal Academy of Music (through the London Suzuki Group Recital Series), and at St John's Smith Square (in National Graduation Concerts). In 2010 I had the honor of being invited to speak at the British Flute Society Convention, where I presented my speech "The Suzuki Method, playing from the heart". In 2011 my article "Learning through metaphor" was published on the Spring 2011 issue of "Ability". On the same year I organized the First International Suzuki Flute Teacher Exchange, in collaboration with the Suzuki Flute Studio of Berlin and I started teaching at the Suzuki Hub and at The Bridge Academy.

 

In 2013 I moved to York, where I combine performing and teaching from my new studio, The Flute Connection. In 2015 I gave several lectures on Suzuki Pedagogy in the new MA in Music: Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy at York University (the first MA for instrumental teachers in England). On the stage, I've been heard lately with Gravel Walks, Cristina and  Paul Folk Duo and Anima Flute and Piano.