Latvian cellist Kristiana Ignatjeva is a scholar studying at the Royal College of Music, London with professor Melissa Phelps, supported by the ABRSM EU Postgraduate Scholarship Award, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust. In 2010 Kristiana joined the Purcell School of Music where she studied with professor Robert Cohen and received full scholarship by the National Music and Dance Scheme.
She has participated in many masterclasses with professors such as Zuill Bailey, Jérôme Pernoo, Torleif Thedéen, Christoph Richter, Hans-Jørgen Jensen, Melissa Kraut, Raphael Wallfisch, Hillel Zori, Natalie Clein and Johannes Goritzki. Kristiana has won many international and national competitions, recently being awarded the Muriel Taylor Scholarship (2016) and the First Prize and Unaccompanied Bach Prize at the Violoncello competition at the Royal College of Music, London (2017, 2015).
Last two summers Kristiana took part in the Sitka Cello Seminar where she was the proud recipient of the Gloria Miner Fellowship. She has given recitals across Europe and North America in major concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall. Kristiana recently gave performances of Haydn C major concerto with the London Mozart Players Players and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations in the UK. This season she is also one of the few musicians to be selected for the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme.
She enjoys playing chamber music and is currently playing in Arcos String Quartet. Kristiana has also taken part in London Symphony Orchestra string experience scheme and English National Opera scheme.
Kristiana plays on an Italian cello by Matteo Goffriller kindly loaned by the Royal College of Music, London.