American violist Carmen Flores has created a remarkable career as a passionate advocate for the viola repertoire and chamber music. Originally from San Diego, California, she graduated from Dartmouth College and continued her studies at the University of Michigan and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. She is a recipient of the prestigious US Fulbright grant, which helped further her music research.

In 2007 Carmen was appointed Principal Viola of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and in 2011 she was a founding member of the Villiers Quartet (VQ), hailed as one of the most “adventurous” string quartets in the UK (Strad Magazine) and “Champions of British Music” (Guardian).  The Villiers Quartet is Quartet-in-Residence at Oxford University and at Nottingham University, and they have made several acclaimed recordings on the Naxos and Somm record labels. In their 2018-19 season they gave the world premieres of quartets by British composers Anthony Payne, Martyn Harry, Elizabeth Kelly and Alexander Goehr.

Carmen's international career has seen her perform throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe, and she has been featured on several BBC Radio and Television broadcasts. She has participated in Tanglewood (USA), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Oundle International (UK), and Les Jardins Musicaux Festivals (Switzerland), and she will be a featured artist this August 2019 at the Boyne Music Festival in Ireland.