Musician Profiles

Chris Sereque

Chris Sereque's earliest musical memories are of his father, a trained bass singer, practicing for his weekend job as a church soloist.

Before coming to Seattle, Chris performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the National Symphony of Peru and the North Carolina Symphony, where he met his late wife Ruth, a longtime violist with the PNB Orchestra.

Chris joined the Seattle Symphony in 1979. He has performed concertos by Corigliano, Nielsen, Thorne, Copland, and the Debussy Rhapsodie with the Seattle Symphony. His performance of John Corigliano's Clarinet Concerto with Music Director Gerard Schwarz conducting was hailed by the composer as "one of the greatest performances of the piece I've ever heard".

As a chamber musician he has appeared with Chamber Music Northwest, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in Santa Fe and Seattle, and the Cascade Head Festival, where he collaborated with violinist Sergiu Luca in a performance of Brahms' Clarinet Quintet.

On Seattle Symphony CD recordings, Sereque can be heard as solo clarinetist in Robert Starer's Concerto a Quattro and as orchestral solo clarinetist in the florid solos in Bartok's Miraculous Mandarin and Kodaly' s Dances of Galanta (Delos DE 3083).

In addition to his work as a clarinetist, he has appeared with the Portland Baroque Orchestra as baroque oboist.

During the summer he enjoys hiking in the Cascades and Olympics. He is a longtime jogger, enjoys reading while commuting on Metro, and is an avid breadmaker.
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