Cristina Ișcenco is a conductor from Chisinau, Moldova, residing in Edinburgh (UK). She holds a Specialist Diploma Degree in Conducting (2017) from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
She is a co-founder and chief conductor of the Edinburgh City Orchestra.
While being a student at the Moscow Conservatory, Cristina led concert activities in one of the biggest student organisations. Thus she became responsible for all organisational and conducting duties early in her conducting career, which included, but were not limited to: programming repertoire, securing salaries for musicians and making public speeches before the concerts. After graduating Cristina became assistant conductor at Freisinger Chamber Orchestra (Boston, USA).
As a conductor Cristina worked with Berlin Sinfonietta (Germany), Orchestre national de Metz (France), The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (Lithuania), Kyiv Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), The Ukho Ensemble Kyiv (Ukraine), Freisinger Chamber Orchestra (USA), The Szolnok Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Bucharest Symphony Orchestra (Romania), The University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Canada).
She attended conducting master-classes with Colin Metters, Luigi Gaggero, Paul Murphy. Cristina has also given a lecture "Alexander Mosolov and his opera “The Dam” in the context of the early Soviet avant-garde” at the Avant-garde Center, Moscow.
Her main musical interests are contemporary music and music written by forgotten or forbidden composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.