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Cristóbal MarYán was born in Mexico City. He started playing the piano when he was eight and not long after began composing at twelve. At sixteen, he moved to Hong Kong to attend Li Po Chun United World College on a full scholarship, where he developed various media and musical projects, primarily focusing on social issues. After graduation, he was admitted to New York University Abu Dhabi, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music, graduating with Magna cum Laude. Cristóbal studied composition with Enrico ChapelaEnrique MendozaCarlos GuedesDimitris AndrikopolousMark Suozzo, and Michael Patterson. He also spent a year in New York City studying Composition and Film Scoring at NYU Steinhardt, where he studied orchestration with Justin Dello Joio and attended a yearlong composer’s forum mediated by Julia Wolfe. Upon his return to Mexico, MarYán joined the Núcleo Integral de Composición in Mexico City and studied symphonic orchestra composition, ensemble composition, and electroacoustic composition. In 2017, he was invited to participate in a weekend-long artist intensive with the Bang on a Can All-stars in Abu Dhabi.


His works have been premiered and played in New York (The Americas Society), Italy, Finland (Time of Music Festival), Portugal, Canada, Mexico (Palace of Fine Arts), Abu Dhabi and Sri Lanka, performed by ensembles and artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Minería Symphony OrchestraJohnny GandelsmanThe Orchestra of The AmericasCarlos Miguel PrietoThe String Orchestra of New York CityJeffrey ZeiglerOnix Ensamble, the Verona Quartet, FLUTUA flute orchestra, Alejandra Gómez Ordaz, the Ruvalcaba Quartet the Downwind QuintetJonathan Thompson, Cristina Ioan, Sebastián Espinosa Carrasco, Carly Gordon and Mariya Polishchuk among others.


MarYán also scores films and short films. His most recent film "Son of Monarchs" won the Alfred P. Sloan feature film prize at Sundance Film Festival 2021. He has written music and designed sound for theatre plays by every major theatre company in Mexico including Mexico's National Theatre Company, Once Once Productions, Mejor Teatro, and Por Piedad Teatro. In 2019, he received the Metropolitano Award (Mexico's equivalent of the Tony award) for best sound design in the play "10 out of 12" by Anne Washburn. In 2022 for the same Award, he was nominated for "best original score" for the play "The Hamster and the President".  He has scored several short films and scored T.V. advertisements for Huawei, Nissan, FOX, the NFL, Chevrolet, NatGeo, Bundesliga, The Walking Dead, and HP. 

In 2022, Cristóbal was invited as Head of the Cultural, Press, and Tourism sections at the Mexican Embassy in China, where aside from using music as a diplomatic vehicle, he fosters connections between Mexican and Chinese institutions, promotes Mexican artists, and manages high-impact cultural projects. 

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