Chris Pratorius Gomez is a California based composer whose pieces have been performed in New York, Boston, Istanbul, Guatemala, New Haven, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Omaha, Tucson and the Santa Cruz area.  Projects include Being of One’s Hour, commissioned by Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Contraponientes, commissioned by Ariose and the Harp Concerto Claroscuro en Flor, commissioned by Anna Maria Mendieta and the American Harp Society.

Premieres include Through a Crack in the Concrete commissioned for the UCSC Orchestra by Nicole Paiement, Pequeña America commissioned by Nat Berman for the UCSC Concert Choir and La Virgen a Solas premiered by Tucson Chamber Artists under the baton of Lucik Aprahamian. Recordings include the virtuosic solo guitar sonata Ondas do Mar de Vigo, premiered by Mesut Özgen and available on his CD and Troubadour and Mañana tan linda, recorded by Nova Trova on their CD Agua.

Chris — half Guatemalan and a native Spanish speaker — is founder and artistic director of Santiago Players, a group of volunteer musicians dedicated to taking classical music, workshops, private lessons, instruments and sheet music to young students of classical music in the Guatemalan Highlands.  He teaches theory and musicianship at Cal State Monterey Bay and UC Santa Cruz, is accompanist at The Studio, and maintains a private studio.


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