Bio

DSC05946Chris has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East and across the United States. As Co-Principal Trumpet of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Chris performs on various international tours,  European residencies and recordings for medici.tv throughout the year with artists such as Joshua Bell, David Garrett, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Daniil Trifonov, Andras Schiff, Anne Sofie von Otter, George Li and many others. In New York City he has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, in Broadway theaters for shows such as Phantom of the Opera, An American in Paris and as a member of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. In the past he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Miami Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Boston Lyric Opera, Singapore Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Charleston Symphony, US Coast Guard Band, Westchester Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New World Symphony, and under the batons of Seiji Ozawa, John Williams, James Levine, Kurt Mazur, Ton Coopman, Valery Gergiev, Robert Spano, Paavo Jarvi, Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Gianandrea Noseda and Rafael Frubeck de Burgos. Chris went on multiple tours of Mexico as a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and served as the Associate Principal Trumpet of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey Mexico. Festival invitations include Artosphere, Banff, Spoleto, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, Verbier and Tanglewood where he was the recipient of the Roger Voisin Award.

As a soloist he has performed Vivaldi, Copland, Shostakovich and a premier by American composer Russell Courter with the Garden State Philharmonic, Spectrum Symphony of New York and the Tsenov Chamber Ensemble. He has recorded new music with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Callithumpian Consort, as well as music for composer Andy Akiho’s forthcoming disc. He has appeared on stage with Josh Groban, Rufus Wainwright, Paul Shafer, Lena Hall, Paul Giamatti, Celtic Thunder, Aleks Syntek, Natalia Lafourcade, Pedro Fernandez, Questlove and Patti Labelle. Television credits include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the award-winning series, Mozart in the Jungle.

As a chamber musician Chris is a founding member and of Zocalo Brass, which seeks to advance the brass quintet paradigm by joyously bringing people together through their high energy, groove influenced arrangements. Chris also formed Silver Spruce Trio which has commissioned new works, toured Mexico and given interdisciplinary collaborative concerts around NYC with their unique sonorous combination of piano, cello and trumpet. In 2015 Chris co-founded Banda Nueva York, NYC’s only authentic Sinaloense-style Mexican brass band, whose songs and videos can be found on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube.

Chris appreciates the moments to give back through concerts for veterans with the Patriot Brass, and chamber music performances with Music for Autism and Concerts in Motion. A student of Thomas Rolfs, Mark Gould, Marie Speziale and Kevin Cobb, Chris was a recipient of the Gelber Award at Stony Brook University where he completed his Doctorate of Music Arts in 2016, focusing on electronic music’s influence on acoustic composition for trumpet. Recently, Chris worked with Dominic Derasse on the compilation, editing and typesetting of Carmine Caruso, a sequel to Musical Calisthenics for Brass, published by Hal Leonard and the companion online video lesson series Caruso and Beyond. Chris is the former Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at San Jacinto College and current Brass Instructor at the Browning School and Avenues, The World School in Manhattan.