Carlos Aguilar is a soloist, interdisciplinary artist and actively premieres and performs new music. He is especially interested in experimental literature for the flute, integrating classical and contemporary traditions of performance and conceptual, sound and performance art.
As a teen, he swept San Diego’s classical music scene by winning first prize in all open competitions for young talent, including the Musical Merit Foundation Competition of San Diego and the instrumental division of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus’s Young Artists Competition. Apart from local competitions, he won the Music Teacher’s Association of California’s Solo Competition, was a semifinalist in the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards and was a finalist and recipient of the Deveaux Scholarship for the best performance of the newly commissioned work in the National Flute Association’s High School Soloist Competition held in Chicago. Most recently, in the fall of 2016, he was selected as one of four finalists for the James Pappoutsakis Competition in Boston, Massachusetts.
Carlos has appeared on several live broadcasts of L.A.’s KUSC Sundays Live at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as principal flute with the Colburn Youth Orchestra; as a soloist with the Colburn Chamber Orchestra; and as a member of the Colburn Honors Woodwind Quintet. In 2014, he was a part of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra for their American Tour. Now, he is a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
This upcoming season, he will be featured as soloist with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on Camille Saint-Saëns’s Romance and on the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus.
He began his private instruction at the age of fourteen with Dr. Elena Yarritu in San Diego, California. Currently, he studies with Mrs. Paula Robison at the New England Conservatory of Music. For more information, please visit c-aguilar.net.