Canadian composer Kristin Flores is captivated by the beauty of sound. She loves the way that different intervals have an effect on the listener – the frustration that dissonance creates and the calm of consonance. She looks for melodies that will take root in the listener’s mind so that they will carry the melodies with them long after the piece is finished. She uses musical materials to explore the beauty of nature, her thoughts, and her emotions.
Kristin Flores was born in Camrose, Alberta. She began her musical studies on the piano at the age of 7 and started violin lessons a year later. At the age of 11 she added flute to her instruments of study as well as piccolo, percussion and guitar during her high school years. The violin soon became her dominant instrument and she studied violin at Augustana University College and the University of Alberta. She has performed with the University of Alberta Academy Strings, the University of Alberta Orchestra, the University of Alberta New Music Ensemble, the University of Calgary New Music Ensemble, as a member of a quartet, and also as a soloist. She currently performs with the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra.
Flores began studying composition formally at the University of Alberta in 1998 after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Augustana University College. In 2001 she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in music composition and theory from the University of Alberta and in 2004 graduated with a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Alberta. In 2010 she graduated from the University of Calgary with a Ph.D. in music composition, under the supervision of Allan Gordon Bell. She has studied composition with Malcolm Forsyth, Laurie Radford, Howard Bashaw, Paul Steenhuisen, William Jordan, David Eagle and Allan Gordon Bell.
Flores’ pieces have been performed by ensembles such as the Land’s End Ensemble, Ensemble Resonance, Lily String Quartet, WindRose Trio, as well as by outstanding performers such as Beth Root Sandvoss, Tanya Prochazka, Kathleen Corcoran, Gwyneth Thomson, Tatiana Warszynski, Debra Fast, Yehonatan Berick, and Rachel Mercer among others. Her compositions have received performances at the University of Calgary’s New Music Festival, Edmonton’s Next Fest, Canadian Contemporary Showcase Festival, Hamilton Ontario’s 5 at the First, and Canadian Music Centre’s ‘New Music in New Places’. Her works have also been presented by New Works Calgary and Open Streams. Her pieces have been performed across Canada and in Italy. Flores is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.
Professional Recording: Warszynski, Tatiana. The Shape of Things – New Music for Violin Solo (including Flores’ piece Horizon). PGMaudio 2001-2, 2020, CD.
- Kristin Flores’ ‘An Evening Song’ performed by Debra Fast – YouTube
2. Kristin Flores: Horizon for violin solo / pour violon seul (2004) (BOTH movements together) – YouTube
3. Kristin Flores “Release” for violin and cello: LIVE
Check out the podcast ‘Music for PhD’s’ – Kristin Flores is featured on episode 7.
List of Works
The Fog – Wind Ensemble Composition. 8 minutes. 2005.
Resound – Orchestral Composition. 11 minutes. 2005.
Northern Lights – Orchestral Composition. 4 minutes. 2004.
Awakening – Woodwind Trio Composition. 8 minutes. 2016.
Emily Dickinson Suite – Soprano and Cello Composition. 8 minutes. 2009.
The Snow Man – SATB. 7.5 minutes. 2009.
Waves – Piano Quartet Composition. 19 minutes. 2007.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud – Voice, Violin, Clarinet, Piano Composition. 5 minutes. 2006.
Supernova – Soprano, Piano, Violin, Viola, 2 Horn, Tuba Composition. 12 minutes. 2004.
Horizon – Violin, Cello, Piano Composition. 5.5 minutes. 2004.
Celestial – 2 Piano and 2 Percussion Composition. 10 minutes. 2004.
Release – Violin and Cello Composition. 5 minutes. 2003.
Timbre – Brass Quintet Composition. 15 minutes. 2003.
Music for String Quartet – String Quartet Composition. 10 minutes. 2003.
Progress – Woodwind Quintet Composition. 10 minutes. 2002.
Staggered – Brass Quintet Composition. 8 minutes. 2001.
Idle Tears – Voice, Percussion and String Quintet Composition. 6 minutes. 2000.
Anticipate – 2 Viola Composition. 11 minutes. 2000.
In the Mountains – Solo Cello Composition. 5 minutes. 2006.
In the Mountains – Solo Violin Composition. 5 minutes. 2006.
An Evening Song – Solo Violin Composition. 3.5 minutes. 2006.
Remembrance – Solo Piano Composition. 1.5 minutes. 2006
By the Lake – Solo Horn Composition. 6.5 minutes. 2005.
Horizon – Solo Violin Composition. 5.5 minutes. 2004.
Violin Cells – Solo Violin Composition. 8 minutes. 2003.
Piano Cells – Solo Piano Composition. 8 minutes. 2001.
Idle Tears – Solo Violin Composition. 6 minutes. 2000.
Minuet – Solo Piano Composition. 2 minutes. 1999.
Minuet – Solo Violin Composition. 2 minutes. 1999.
Violin Cells – Solo Violin with Digital Signal Processing. 10 minutes. 2003.
Accumulation – Electroacoustic Composition. 8 minutes. 2000.
Deserted – Electroacoustic Composition. 6 minutes. 2000.