Chris Burns, principal bass of the Tacoma Symphony, leads a master class with students of Barry Lieberman.
Originally from South Florida, Chris Burns has been principal bassist of the Symphony since 2009. The Tacoma News Tribune has described his playing as “effortlessly clear and lyrical…with calm virtuosity and thoughtful expression.” In addition to soloing with the TSO, Chris has been a featured soloist on the Second City Chamber Series, University of Puget Sound’s Jacobsen series and on the Barry Lieberman and Friends recital series at the University of Washington. Chris is an active freelance musician in the Northwest, having performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Northwest Sinfonietta. Prior to moving to Tacoma, Chris was solo bassist for the Houston Bach Society and Opera in the Heights, as well as a substitute bassist with the Houston Grand Opera. Chris received his Bachelors of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universität für Musik in Vienna, Austria. In addition to his performing career, Chris is also a dedicated string educator, and is the orchestra teacher at Narrows View Intermediate School in the University Place School District.