Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Chris Pruden became interested in jazz after completing high school and attending the contemporary music diploma program at Edmonton's Grant MacEwan College. Chris was then accepted into the prestigious jazz program at the University of Toronto where he recently completed his undergraduate degree in piano performance while studying under Geoff Young, Gary Williamson and Chris Donnelly. Chris feels at home in a wide variety of genres and has gained vast amounts of experience performing across Canada at jazz festivals in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa as well as such venues as the Rex Jazz Bar in Toronto, Koerner Hall, Lula Lounge, the Mod Club and many more. Chris currently performs around Toronto in a number of diverse groups including: Falcon Punch, Illyin Pipes, Tia Brazda, Rachael Cardiello and the Warm Electric Winter Band, Tara Kannangara Group, Adam Teixeira's Texture, Lydia Persaud Group, Shannon Graham and the Storytellers, Nick Teehan, Tequila House Band, Ronley Teper and the Lipliners, and more.
- B.Mus. University of Toronto, Jazz Diploma at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton
- Feels at home in a wide variety of genres including jazz, classical, hip-hop, rock and folk.
- Has performed in venues across Canada including Edmonton's Winspear Centre, AMPIA Film and TV awards, Rex Jazz Bar, Trane Studio, Koerner Hall