Cristina Pato

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Cristina Pato
Cristina Pato e The Galician Connection.jpg
Cristina Pato signing her album in Vigo, 2010
Background information
Born (1980-08-17) August 17, 1980 (age 36)
Ourense, Galicia, Spain
Genres Latin, classical, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Galician gaita, piano
Years active 1999–present
Labels Sunnyside
Associated acts Yo-Yo Ma

Cristina Pato (born August 17, 1980) is a Galician bagpiper, pianist, and composer. She is a member of the Silk Road Ensemble led by Yo-Yo Ma and an educational adviser to the Silk Road Project. Cristina Pato is a member of the Artist Committee of Americans for the Arts and a regular collaborator of the Turnaround Arts educational program of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Music career[edit]

Pato received a master's degree in Piano Performance and a master's degree of in Music Theory and Chamber Music from the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu in Barcelona. She received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Digital Arts (Computer Music) from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She earned a doctorate of Musical Arts (Collaborative Piano) from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts.[1]

Pato is the first female Galician gaita musician to record a solo album. She appeared on the Grammy Award-winning albums Yo-Yo Ma and Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace (2008) and Sing Me Home (2016)[2] and in the documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, directed by academy award winner Morgan Neville. She has also worked with Arturo O'Farrill, Paquito D’Rivera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic, as well as dancers Damian Woetzel and Lil Buck[1]



  • Tolemia (1999)
  • Xilento (2001)
  • SOAS (2010)
  • The Galician Connection (2010)
  • Migrations (Sunnyside, 2013)
  • Latina (Sunnyside, 2015)

As guest[edit]

  • Silk Road Ensemble, Off the Map (2009)
  • Yo Yo Ma, Songs of Joy and Peace (2009)
  • Miles Davis, Miles Español (2010)
  • Rústica, Rústica (2015)
  • Silk Road Ensemble, Sing Me Home (2016)


  1. ^ "Biography - Cristina Pato". Cristina Pato. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Grammy Award-Winning Silk Road Ensemble!". 

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