Ricardo Flores is an 18 year old cellist. Ricardo has been playing the cello for 8 years and wants to Major in Cello Performance in college. He joined Virtuosi of Houston Chamber Orchestra 4 years ago and is also a cellist with the Houston Youth Symphony. He has performed all over Houston with quartets from Virtuosi and has even traveled to England and Washington D.C. with this orchestra. Ricardo has performed Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in the Virtuosi of Houston Concerto Competition as well as Saint Saens‘ Cello Concerto No. 1 winning second and fourth places in Competition. Additionally, Ricardo has competed in UIL solo and ensemble and has received a rating of 1 (superior) every year since 7th grade. He has played in the Region 27 middle school and high school orchestra for 7 years. He is also a private lesson teacher for the district of CFISD. When he is not practicing cello, he enjoys playing other instruments, spending time with his friends in and out of Virtuosi, and teaching cello lessons at middle schools in his area.