Galician Bagpipe Master; Member, Silk Road Ensemble
Cristina Pato is a Galician bagpiper, pianist, and composer. From Spain, she is internationally acclaimed as a gaita master and classical pianist. She enjoys an active professional career devoted to both Galician popular and classical music. Pato was the first female gaita player to release a solo album and has collaborated with world music, jazz, classical, and experimental artists. She is founder and artistic director of Galician Connection, an annual world-music forum, and a founding member of the Silk Road Ensemble’s Leadership Council.