Pianist, fortepianist, pedagogist, and chamber musician focused on historically informed performance.
"Leal surprised from the beginning with the quality of his sound, and his condition prevailed until the last note of the concert"
Jaime Donoso - Newspaper El Mercurio.
His performances have taken him to Germany, Austria, Slovakia, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, China, Thailand, Japan, and his native country Chile. He performs as a soloist on the piano and fortepiano, as well as a chamber musician, in major festivals and concert halls such as Opus Erasmus - France, the Sixth NCPA Festival - China, ORF Radio Kulturhaus - Vienna, Uhara Hall - Japan, KHG - Frankfurt, Conservatory of Boulogne Billancourt - Paris, Siam Ratchada - Bangkok and the National Center of the Performing Arts - Beijing. Furthermore, he collaborates with the Orquesta de Cámara de Chile and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Antofagasta, among others.
Cristian Leal also seeks to bring music to the most isolated corners of the world, for instance by touring the desert and the Pampa Tamarugal in the North of Chile, providing musical education and concerts.
Leal started his musical education in Iquique (Chile) studying with Edith Fischer and Elisa Alsina at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Chile. Later on, he moved to Vienna, Austria, where he studied at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium of Eisenstadt, the University of Arts of Slovakia, and the MUK University of Arts of the State of Vienna. He specialized in piano, fortepiano, and chamber music under the guidance of Ralf Heiber, Marcel Stefko, and Luca Monti.
Alongside his musical activities, Cristian Leal is currently researching the technique and musical aesthetics of Frederic Chopin. He is also the founder of the Society for Fortepiano in Vienna, Austria.