Recent highlights include recitals at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and on tour in South Africa, South America, the UK and France, as well as her debuts with the Simón Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony and the Polish National Radio Symphony orchestras and the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz. Upcoming highlights include returns to the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de Sâo Paulo and her debut with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Cristina Ortiz’s natural musicality, masterful craftsmanship and timeless commitment to refined playing have ensured her a place among the world’s most respected pianists. Throughout her extensive career she has performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, and the Chicago Symphony, Philharmonia and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras amongst many others. She has collaborated with conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, André Previn and David Zinman.
“The Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium was packed to the brim, yet Ortiz, with her charismatic and grandiose personality, made it feel like the most intimate of concerts. She managed to connect with the audience on a personal level... I can honestly say that she gave the most honest performance that I have ever had the pleasure to attend.” (Artslink, February 2012)
"Ortiz is a joy to watch: I know few pianists who project more obvious pleasure in performance, and her animation (though extreme and running to ecstatic, smiling commentaries on how the orchestra is doing) isn't phoney. All her vigour seems to come out of the music (and get given back to it) with what appears to be enormous generosity of soul. And despite the extravagance of gesture she remains a sharply focussed player: keen, alert and with exact articulation." (Michael White, August 2010)
“Ortiz is a spontaneous improviser, an unpredictable lioness of the piano; powerful player but one who hugs or caresses her instrument at will.” (Wprost, February 2010)
“Ortiz in particular is memorably sensitive to Fauré’s subtle and intricate piano writing.” (Gramophone, February 2009)