Cristian Grau Navarro was born in Valencia, Spain in 1998. His musical studies began in Yátova with Ernesto Perelló. Later, he extended his formation in the San Rafael Professional Conservatory of Music in Buñol, obtaining the higher grades with Bernardo Fabra. He continued his musical studies in the Joaquín Rodrigo Advanced Music Conservatory in Valencia, in the Interpretation branch with J.J Oriola and different Pedagogy courses.
Cristian has participated in numerous masterclasses with well-known professors such as Antonio Zapata, David Rejano, Rubén Toribio, Juan Sanjuan, Ximo Vicedo, Juan Carlos Matamoros, Ricardo Casero, Jose Vicente Faubel, Jose Vicente Soler, Jordi Navarro, David Pont, Juan Real, Francisco Sevilla, Eusebio Sáez, Gerard Costes, Luis Bellver, Raúl García, Juan Bautista Abad, Antonio Pallarés, Javier Cerveró, and Spanish Brass, among others. Recently, he has been awarded the first prize in the highest category of the MEDICI International Music Competition in Brussels, the first prize in the International Music Competition OPUS 2021 in Krakow, and the third prize in the King’s Peak International Music Competition in California. In 2018, Cristian won the Bankia – Las Provincias Young Talents Award and, consequently, was invited to take part in a concert in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.
As a soloist, Cristian released The Seven Trombones of the Apocalypse for Trombone and Symphonic Band by Santi Miguel with the SM Santa Cecilia de Chera. He also played with the San Rafael Professional Conservatory of Music in Buñol Band.
Cristian has collaborated with important groups such as:
- Banda Municipal de Valencia
- Banda Federal (formed by young musicians of the Valencian Community)
- Joven Banda del G6 (formed by young musicians of different musical associations of Buñol, Cullera, and Lliria to be part of the World Music Contest in Kerkrade (Netherlands)
- Jaume I Philharmonic Orchestra of Valencia
- Requena Philharmonic Orchestra
- Brass Ensemble (brass and percussion ensemble of Buñol)
- JESMP (young ensemble of saxophones, brass, and percussion)
Why Cristian Plays Edwards
“Edwards Instruments provide great versatility and a unique and incomparable sound. I believe that they can be considered the best trombones on the market. They are very complete.”