Cristina Iscenco is a conductor from Chisinau, Moldova. She started her music education at the age of five, when she was admitted to the “Sergei Rachmaninov” music school in Chisinau. She finished her secondary education there, majoring in choral conducting. Obtaining the Russian Consulate's International Tuition Grant, she entered the conducting class at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. During her studies in Moscow, she was distinguished by the Presidential Scholarship. Cristina holds a Specialist Diploma Degree in Conducting from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, class of 2017. During her studies, Cristina performed on the most famous Moscow stages, including Big and Rachmaninoff halls. She was the head of concert activities in the Conservatory's main students' organization. There, in addition to conducting the concerts, she was responsible for program repertoire choices and orchestra management.
After graduation Cristina became an assistant conductor at Freisinger Chamber Orchestra (Boston, USA). She conducted Berlin Sinfonietta (Germany), The Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (Lithuania), Freisinger Chamber Orchestra (USA), The Szolnok Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), The Orchestra of University Of Toronto (Canada), The Ukho Ensemble (Ukraine), The Chamber Orchestra of the Moscow Conservatory (Russia).
Cristina's major musical and academic interests are in contemporary music and music written by forgotten or forbidden composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her specialist diploma in the Moscow Conservatory was focused on "The Dam" opera of A.V. Mosolov in the context of the early Russian avant-garde movement. Cristina was a speaker at seminars and conferences at the Moscow Conservatory, gave several public outreach lectures supplementing her concerts, and was an invited as lecturer at the Avant-garde Center (Moscow).
Cristina participated in masterclasses and workshops led by Luigi Gaggero, Colin Metters, Grzegorz Nowak.
Her conducting mentors include Uri Mayer and Luigi Gaggero.