Chris Bautista

Born and raised in the beautiful and eclectic Honolulu, Hawaii, Chris Batista was exposed to a large variety of musical influences and became hooked on music in his teens. Shortly thereafter, Chris settled into serious study through private instruction at age 16. His talents were seen early on as he competed and won first place in 3 major guitar competitions and received local celebrity and press in greater Honolulu.
After graduating from high school, he moved to Hollywood, CA to study at the Guitar Institute of Technology. There, he studied with Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Steve Trovato, and Robben Ford. Upon graduation, Chris returned to Hawaii and began his professional career teaching and performing guitar.
Chris has trained and developed many different aspects of guitar playing and styles including: Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, Jazz, Country, Latin, Folk, Bossa Nova, Hawaiian, Funk, Pop, Flamenco and of course his favorite at the moment, Classical. Having worked in bands and groups of all these genres, Chris has developed the sensitivity and musicianship needed to crossover anytime he wishes and teach any style that a student has interest in.
In 2002, Chris returned to northern California and began teaching guitar at Pete’s Music Center. He quickly developed a thriving studio and earned a name for himself around town. Having taught for more than 23 years, Chris enjoys sharing his diversity with his students. “Music has been such a gift that I cherish it more and more as the years go by. I strive to inspire my students and help them get the most out of their guitar and themselves.”
Chris’ current projects include, working with a mariachi band weekly, Nikolay Shpurik’s Mandolin ensemble, a Beatles cover band, and regular solo and duo performances throughout the valley and foothills.
“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”
~ Leopold Stokowski