Christopher Flores began his musical studies on double bass at age 11 in the McAllen, Texas public school system. By age 17 while studying with Mr. Dustin Williams he had won a finalist spot in the Valley Symphony Orchestra’s 1994 concerto competition that included a solo appearance with the orchestra. He was a member of the Valley Symphony Orchestra (from 1993-1996) as both a bassist and cellist. In 1995 he won the assistant principal position with the National High School Honor Orchestra that performed in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1996 he received a Golden Achievement award from the city of McAllen for four years (1992-1996) of participation in the T.M.E.A. All-State Orchestras. In the summer of 1997 he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Eastern Music Festival of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Mr. Flores pursued his musical studies with Professor Jeffrey Bradetich and completed his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of North Texas in 2001. While studying he performed with the Richardson Symphony, Irving Symphony, Sherman Symphony and Abilene Philharmonic in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Mr. Flores later continued performing and studying in Chicago, Illinois. Overseen by Daniel Barenboim and Cliff Colnot, he was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2003-2007. He studied at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois with Professor Robert Kassinger after being awarded a full scholarship and completed his masters’ degree in 2005 with distinction in Music Performance. While living in Chicago he also performed with the Elgin Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta and Camerata Chamber orchestras of Chicago; Racine Symphony, Waukesha Symphony and the Rockford Symphony. He was principal bassist of the Advent Chamber Orchestra and The Oistrach Ensemble from 2004-2007. Furthermore he was co-principal of the New Millennium Chamber Orchestra and the DePaul Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2005.
In 2008 he began performing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2009 he performed with the Victoria Bach Festival and in 2010 he won a position with the orchestra. Earlier that year he had previously won a position with the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra. Today Christopher Flores actively performs as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, concert recitalist, clinician and private studio instructor.