Cristóbal Prieto Ortiz
He began his cello studies at the age of eight at the conservatory in his hometown, Cuenca, and continued at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid as a student of Iagoba Fanlo. He has received advice from great cellists such as Wolfgang Boettcher, Wen-Sinn Yang, Antonio Meneses, Christophe Coin, Philippe Müller, Gerard Mantel, Alban Gerhardt, Rudolf Leopold, Rafael Ramos, Ángel Luis Quintana, Enrique Bouché, David Apellániz; and baroque cello by Gaetano Nassilo and Marion Midenway.
In 2004 he won first prize in the “Young Artists of Castilla la Mancha” competition and received a scholarship from that same competition to study in Germany for four years with the professor at the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin, D. Wolfgang Boettcher.
He has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE). He has performed in theaters throughout Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, Scotland, England, Japan, South Korea and China with directors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vasili Petrenco, José Serebrier, Lurtz Köhler, Luis Carlos Ortiz, Edmón Colomer , Reinbert de Leeuw and George Pehlivanian among others.
He regularly collaborates with orchestral groups as well as early music groups such as the Baroque Orchestra of Málaga, Real Capilla de Uclés, Ensemble L'Allegrezza, Piacere di Flauti, Capilla de Música “Maestro Iribarren”, among others. He is also a founding member of the Álvaro de Luna ensemble and the Schola Musica ensemble. He is a founding member of the “Delfos” quintet and the “Spinto Quartet”.
In 2010 he obtained a position as a career civil servant as a cello teacher and currently works as a teacher at the "Manuel Carra" Professional Conservatory of Music in Malaga.
He plays a cello built in 2010 by master luthier Massimo Mura.