Flávia Contreras is an award-winning violinist and educator based in San Diego, CA. Ms. Contreras has performed nationally and internationally with artists such as Michael Bublé, Lindsey Stirling, 2Cellos, Il Volo, Disturbed, Ney Matogrosso, Roberta Sá, and with ensembles such as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, San Diego City Ballet, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Brasília National Symphony, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, among others. Additionally, Ms. Contreras has toured Germany as part of the University of Brasília Chamber Orchestra, in which she served as a principal.
An accomplished educator, Ms. Contreras has taught privately for over 15 years and previously held teaching positions at the San Diego Youth Symphony, San Diego State University Community Music School, San Diego Recreational Music Center, and Lauderbach Elementary School. While teaching at Lauderbach Elementary School, she led the after-school orchestra program, started a chamber music program, secured additional funding to the music program and founded a summer music camp, free-of-charge for all participants. As a result of her dedication, she was awarded by the San Diego School District with the Teacher of the Year Award (2022), the Outstanding Newcomer Award (2021), and the Fortissimo Award (2021).
Ms. Contreras obtained her Master of Music degree from The Pennsylvania State University on a full scholarship, having been awarded the Honors Prize upon graduation. Ms. Contreras also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Longy School of Music at Bard College, an Artist Diploma from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Brasilia. Principal teachers include Max Zorin, Pei-Chun Tsai, and Nadia Nedialkova.
Ms. Contreras is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.