Christopher Barrett started playing euphonium at the age of 10, switching to tuba at 13. While in school he co-founded the Sequoia Brass Quintet, all of whose members attended major conservatoires around the world. In 2004, Chris was accepted with a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with tuba player Jeffrey Anderson of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and trumpeter Mario Guarneri of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. While studying in San Francisco he was appointed Principal Tuba of the renowned San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He held the position for three years, and toured Europe with the ensemble in 2007.
After three years in San Francisco, Chris was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London and transferred there in 2008, graduating with a BMus in 2010. His second year at the RCM was supported by a scholarship from the Martin Musical Fellowship Fund. While there, Chris played in the RCM Symphony Orchestra under Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Diego Masson, received the Tuba and Brass Ensemble Competition prizes, and performed the solo tuba part in Stockhausen’s Trans in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. After leaving the RCM, he took part in the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Foyle Future Firsts programme, and was appointed Principal Tuba of the European Union Youth Orchestra, touring with the orchestra five times over two years. During this time he worked with conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Claus Peter Flor, Gianandrea Noseda, Matthias Bamert and Peter Stark.
Chris is currently active as a freelance musician and teacher in London: playing in both classical and non-classical contexts, and teaching in schools in the East End. He has recently played with the London Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, London Arts Orchestra, Orchestra of St Paul's and Orpheus Sinfonia, as well as Pentagon Brass. He is active as a jazz musician with Mimika Ensemble and Brassroots, as well as his own project Phaze Theory, and has recently performed at the London Jazz Festival and the Pizza Express Jazz Club.
More information about Chris can be found on his website.