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.

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 from Rutgers University Collaborative Piano.[1]

Pato is the first female Galician gaita musician to record a solo album. She is a member of the Silk Road Ensemble led by Yo-Yo Ma and an adviser to the Silk Road Project. She appeared on the Grammy Award-winning album Yo-Yo Ma and Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace (2008) and in the documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble. She has also worked with Arturo O'Farrill, Paquito D’Rivera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.[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)


  1. ^ a b "Biography - Cristina Pato". Cristina Pato. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 

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