Los angeles native, boston-based composer and keyboardist
Son of a concert pianist, his mom classically trained him for 9 years until he fell in love with jazz, blues, and rock as a teenager. Whether it was behind the piano or playing electric guitar in rock bands, Chris always loved arranging songs and writing tunes, and it manifested into writing contemporary classical music in college, bringing in his diverse influences and interests. To date, he has written works for orchestra, chamber, solo, and voice. Due to his work in composition, Chris was awarded the Montserrat Frontier Fellowship and the T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Award for Excellence in the Academic Study of Music.
During the fall of 2016, Chris had his first commission from the Boston Percussion Group, a new music group described by The Boston Globe as “audacious and impressive”. Chris’ six-movement piece Ngan’s Sketches had its world premiere at Gasson Hall in spring 2017. Also in the fall of 2016, Chris was awarded a grant from the Montserrat Coalition to bring in an ensemble to perform and professionally record his sextet piece A Meditation on Sylva and his song cycle Selected Riddles from The Hobbit. Most recently, Chris won the NEC Honors Ensemble Competition with his piece Doppler, which will get a premiere in Jordan Hall this May.
Besides writing music, Chris is an active performer. Chris regularly plays solo or in a combo as a jazz pianist throughout the city. In fall 2016, Chris was selected as a featured soloist to perform with Boston Pops in concert featuring Kristen Chenoweth conducted by Keith Lockhart, a sold-out concert event. Chris is the founding member of the band Juice, which headlines and sells out venues in Boston and NYC, released a debut album, and won $20,000 during summer 2016 in a national battle of the bands in Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest. Juice has a new EP produced by legendary producer Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Megadeth, Plain White T's) coming out soon.
Chris graduated with honors from Boston College in 2017 in Music and Chemistry and studied composition with Thomas Oboe Lee. Chris is continuing his composition studies at the New England Conservatory where he studies with John Mallia and Michael Gandolfi.
Chris is a member of ASCAP and publishes his music through GKMY Music.