Carmen Flores attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and studied viola at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. Her principal teachers were Yizhak Schotten and Steven Dann. In 2007 she was appointed Principal Viola of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the orchestra of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. She has also performed as guest principal viola with the orchestras of the Canadian Opera Company and the English National Opera.
Carmen has performed chamber music with many artists and groups including Claude Frank, Joseph Silverstein, Midori, and the Grammy-nominated ARC Ensemble. A recipient of the US Fulbright Award to the Philippines, Carmen retains a strong interest in music history. She plays on a viola made in 2006 by British luthier William Castle.
Photo by Charles Gervais - Both Hemispheres Photography