Best known for her versatility, Celia obtained her Master of Music diploma in classical piano performance at Codarts Conservatory (Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Before this she had followed Bachelor studies at Musikene (Spain) with teacher Miguel Ituarte, and at ArtEZ hogeschool voor de kunsten with teacher Frank van de Laar (The Netherlands).
She is currently based in The Netherlands.
Celia is specialized in orchestral playing (piano, celesta and synthesizer) and performs regularly with orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Dutch National Ballet Orchestra, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Dutch National Youth Orchestra and others.
Celia is a pioneer in performing on celesta as a solo instrument. In February 2016 she recorded an album on solo celesta in Stuttgart (Germany) commissioned by Schiedmayer Celesta.
With her many chamber music ensembles (Duo IJlstra-García, Codigo Trio, Rotterdam Lied Duo, Maas Duo, Duo Vermeer...), she has performed all over The Netherlands and in Spain, Germany, Lithuania, Canada, China and Russia.
Next season, Duo IJlstra-García will present the program "Is jazz music too?" with music by Gershwin and Ravel around the life and work of Canadian mezzo-soprano Éva Gauthier (1885-1958).
In 2012 Celia recorded the album Sweet solitude with soprano Nicole Jordan, artistic director of Alchemy Ensemble.
In 2011 she recorded the debut album of Codigo Trio, Martyrs. It is a recording devoted to forgotten repertoire for this relatively unusual ensemble: mezzosoprano, French horn and piano.
Celia is an enthusiastic performer and continuously seeks to push the boundaries of her art.
Celia is a member of the Classical Music Rave collective and one of the first group of artists of the brand new initiative Batavierhuis in Rotterdam, a vibrant music building where dozens of enterprising artists will be able to rehearse, experiment, create and perform concerts in all freedom.
Together with Florien Hilgenkamp she forms Rabbits at top speed, a comical classical duo (under direction of Marc Krone). With tap dancer Marije Nie, Celia created Classical Tap, a duo which highlights hidden rhythms in classical repertoire; and
She has been praised for her honest interpretations of solo repertoire, which in her case covers all classical styles from Baroque to contemporary music, with an accent on (French/Spanish) music from the early 20th century.
She was a finalist of the Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Concours and Albacete National Piano Competition.
She has performed at TV programs De Tiende van Tijl and Maestro, as well as radio programs Opium (Radio 4), Spiegelzaal and NTR Podium.
Since 2012, Celia is artistic programmer at Cultuurbrigade Rotterdam, programming events such as Romantiek in Keukenhof and Dag van de Romantische Muziek (Rotterdam), the largest free classical music festival in The Netherlands.
She also works as a ballet accompanist at the Amsterdam University for the Arts, National Ballet Academy, Royal Conservatory in The hague and she is a freelance accompanist at Codarts Conservatory.
During her studies she was supported by the City Council of Burgos, the Nieuw Haersoltefonds and the program "Jóvenes Excelentes" by Caja de Burgos, for the making of her Master Artistic Research The pianist joins the tutti: an introduction to orchestral playing for pianists.