The solo career of Cristo Barrios has led him to perform at the National Auditorium in Madrid, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall in New York. As a chamber musician he has appeared with the string quartets Elias, Minetti, Endellion, Arditti and Brodsky, and with soloists Asier Polo and Maxim Rysanov.
His commitment to the creation of new works for his instrument has taken him to give a number of world premieres, including Gustavo Díaz-Jerez’s symphonic poem Ayssuragan with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoine Marguier, and Nino Díaz’s Second Clarinet Concerto with the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.
His interest not only in contemporary compositions, but also theoretical issues related to the collaborations between composers and soloists (and pertaining to the disciplines of musicology and philosophy), motivated him to develop an ambitious doctoral research project. This research allowed him to work in depth on some of the key works in the recent repertory for clarinet in direct contact with composers such as Einojuhani Rautavaara, Helmut Lachenmann, Kaija Saariaho and Jörg Widmann. He was awarded a PhD in musicology by the Complutense University in Madrid in 2017.
Cristo Barrios has recorded The Voice of the Clarinet (Divine Art Records), a CD with original transcriptions of lieder; 20th Century Music for Clarinet (Metier Records), which includes works by Bernstein, Bax, Berg, Brotons and Honegger; IAMUS (Melomics Records), an album dedicated to contemporary music; and Deep Light, a selection of works by Weber, Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Schumann and Françaix (Ibs Classical).
As for his teaching career, Cristo Barrios has given master classes at the University of Arts in Zürich, the Strasbourg Conservatory, the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Cologne Conservatory, the Liszt Academy in Budapest and the Amsterdam Conservatory.
Cristo Barrios is honorific associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is currently teaching at the Centro Superior Katarina Gurska in Madrid. He is a Buffet Crampon, Vandoren and Silverstein artist.