Pacho Flores, Israel Tour with Christian Lindberg

Pacho Flores, Israel Tour with Christian Lindberg

Recently returned from the tour that took him to five China cities, next November, 24 Pacho Flores begins a new tour in Israel with the Israel NK Orchestra under the baton of its Chief Conductor, Christian Lindberg, that will take him to the cities of Givat Brenner, Ein Hahoresh, Jordan Valley, Tel Aviv, Netanya, Neharya and Mizra, where finish on December, 2. The program, titled “Breathtaking Virtuosity”, includes the Concert for two trumpets by Vivaldi, that Pacho shares with the orchestra soloist Guy Sarig, and Akban Bunka by the own Lindberg.

Pacho Flores Deutsche Grammophon

But the cooperation between these two artists has a larger scope: Lindberg will conduct Pacho and the Arctic Philharmonic in the third recording of Pacho for Deutsche Grammophon. The recording will take place at the Stormen Konserthus, Norway, between April the 30 and May the 4, 2018. In November 2018 the same artists and orchestra will make a European Tour; and in 2019 Pacho will perform the absolute premiere of the new trumpet concerto that Lindberg is composing for him, with a Spanish orchestra and under own Lindberg conducting. Actually Lindberg tells that Pacho is the new star on the sky of brass.

Pacho Flores, commissions and premieres

Between the most relevant commitments of Pacho for the near future, it stands out the shared commissions of new trumpet concertos dedicated to him to premier all around the world along the next seasons. First of all, Arturo Marquez’s, will be premiered between September 2018 and August 2019 in Mexico, USA, Japan and Spain. Next are Roberto Sierra and Paquito D’Rivera whose premieres will take place between 2018 and 2020. All of the three new concertos will be recorded together with Efraín Oscher‘s Mestizo, a concert premiered in 2010 by Pacho and performed more than two dozens of times since then.

In the while Pacho will also premiere a work by himself, Cantos y Revueltas, inspired on work songs and traditional Venezuelan music, with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia under Manuel Hernández-Silva‘s baton the bext 11, 12 and 13 of January, 2018 in Santiago, Vigo and A Coruña; and a new concerto by Giancarlo Castro with the Ulster Orchestra and Rafael Payare on the 23 of Febrero, 2018.





Pacho Flores, opening concert with Tenerife Symphony

Pacho Flores, opening concert with Tenerife Symphony

Pacho Flores is the guest soloist of the opening concert of Tenerife Symphony Orchestra‘s new 17/18 season on next October the 6th. Under the baton of Maestro Perry So, Pacho Flores will play the Concert for corno da caccia and strings by Johann Baptist Georg Neruda (c.1708-c1780), and Concierto Mestizo, by Efrain Oscher (1974). Mestizo is a commission from ‘El Sistema‘ and was premiered in 2010 in Caracas by Pacho Flores with the Venezuelan Youth Symphony Orchestra Simon Bolívar and conductor Domingo García. Since then, it was played more than twenty times in Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Austria, England, Spain and Japan, always by Pacho Flores.

Pacho Flores

Francisco ‘Pacho’ Flores is a first-prize winner of the Maurice André International Competition, the world’s most important trumpet contest, as well as the first prize at the International Competition Philip Jones and First Prize at the International Competition Citta di Porcia. Recently he was awarded with the Gold Medal by the Global Music Awards for ENTROPÍA, his last recording for Deutsche Grammophon with guitar player Jesús ‘Pingüino’ González. A product of the ground-breaking ‘El Sistema’, he is becoming increasingly recognized for his outstanding performing and recording activity that spans the solo, chamber, and orchestral media. Equally at home in the classical and folk styles, Pacho captivates audiences with his energetic delivery and colourful tone.

His solo performances include appearances with orchestras such as Turku Philharmonic, Arctic Philharmonic, Norrköping Symphony, Norddeutschen Philharmonie Rostock, Kiev Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Camerata, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Hyogo PAC Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, Sinfónica Nacional de México, Sinfónica Nacional de Puerto Rico, Filarmónica de Málaga, Sinfónica de Baleares, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Sinfónica de Bilbao, Sinfónica de Tenerife or Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela. In recital, he has performed in venues such as the New York Carnegie Hall, the Paris Salle Pleyel and the Tokyo Opera City.

Pacho Flores Tenerife Sentado_Mano

A founding member of the Venezuelan Simón Bolívar Brass Quintet, he has toured with the quintet extensively in Europe, South America, the United States, and Japan. An experienced orchestral musician, Mr. Flores has played first trumpet in the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, the Saito Kinen Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony, under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Giusseppe Sinopoli, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Gustavo Dudamel, among others. A founding director of the Latin American Trumpet Academy in Caracas, he mentors a promising generation of budding musicians and is a frequent guest at conservatories in Finland, Spain, France, Japan, and Latin America, as permanent jury member in prestigious international competitions.

Pacho Flores is an avid champion of new music and is bringing about important innovations to trumpet performance and fabrication. His repertoire includes commissions and premieres of works by composers such as Roger Boutry, Efraín Oscher, Giancarlo Castro, Santiago Báez, Juan Carlos Nuñez, Sergio Bernal, Arturo Márquez, Roberto Sierra or Paquito D’Rivera. His first album La trompeta Venezolana  has been released by the label GUATACA Producciones. A Stomvi artist, he performs with instruments tailored specially for him by this prestigious firm and actively participates in the development and innovation of their instruments. Francisco Pacho Flores is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist with already two recordings, Cantar, with Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and Christian Vásquez; and Entropía, Gold Medal of the Global Music Awards. Next will be with Arctic Philharmonic and Christian Lindberg.



Pacho Flores, concert in Bremen

Pacho Flores, concert in Bremen

After his concert at Wartburg Castle Festival on past September the 23rd, Pacho Flores will play at Kulturkirche St. Stephani, Bremen, on September the 28th. Pacho will be on of the soloists of Barroqueanas Venezolanas, a project of composer Efraín Oscher, who, inspired in Venezuelan folklore, conceived a series of four concerts with the structure of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerts, second of which is for solo trumpet. This event will be the absolute premiere of the complete cycle and will be released in a recording. 


Shortly after, on October the 6th, Pacho will return to Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife to play in the orchestra’s opening concert, under the baton of Perry So, the Concert for Corno da Caccia, by J. B. G. Neruda, and Concierto Mestizo, by Efraín Oscher. Other highlights of the season includes a tour of six concerts with the Israel NK Orchestra under the baton of its Chief Conductor Christian Lindberg or the New Year Concert with the Salzburg Philharmonie and Elisabeth Fuchs.


Important debuts will take place along the 2018 year: First, with the Real Filharmonia de Galicia -one of the most impressive orchestras in Spain- under the baton of Manuel Hernández-Silva, Pacho will premiere his own composition Cantos y revueltas, together with Neruda’s Concerto for Corno da Caccia and a version of Villalobos’ Bachiana Brasileira nº 5. Immediately after, Pacho will debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, under Alondra de la Parra, and such extremely demanding program like Christian Lindberg’s Akban Bunka, and Efraín Oscher’s Concierto Mestizo. Still in February, next debut will be with the Ulster Orchestra and Rafael Payare, also with an absolute premiere, Giancarlo Castro’s Trumpet concerto, together with Neruda again, and Piazzolla’s Invierno Porteño.

Then, after two new debuts, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Laval, in Montreal; and the Orchestre de Cannes, he will travel to the Stormen Konsertus in Norway to record his third release for Deutsche Grammophon, with Christian Lindberg and the Arctic Philharmonic. The 18/19 season will bring important news regarding a huge project of shared commissions that involves composers as Arturo Márquez, Roberto Sierra and Paquito D’Rivera. More information soon.




Importante Premio para Pacho Flores y Jesús González

Importante Premio para Pacho Flores y Jesús González

Pacho Flores y Jesús ‘Pingüino’ González han sido galardonados con la Medalla de Oro de los Global Music Awards en la categoría de Dúo Instrumental Clásico por su proyecto ENTROPÍA, plasmado en disco en el sello Deutsche Grammophon. El anuncio se produjo durante el concierto que Paquito D’Rivera y su Quinteto ofrecieron en el Palau de la Música de Valencia, con la Orquesta de Valencia y dirección de Vicent Alberola, y en el que invitó a Pacho Flores al escenario para interpretar juntos La Fleur de Cayenne, un tema que Paquito D’Rivera compuso y dedicó a Pacho a Flores.

Entropía es un viaje por algunos de los clásicos inmortales de la música popular latinoamericana como El día que me quieras y Por una cabeza, popularizadas por Carlos Gardel; La Comparsa, de Ernesto Lecuona; Bordel 1900 y Café 1930, de Piazzolla; o un popurrí de diversos temas de bossanova, com Aguas de Março de Tom Jobim, además de un tema original de cada uno; Café Madridde Jesús; y la sambinha Labios Vermelhos, de Pacho; interpretados con cornetas y fiscorno (Pacho Flores), y guitarra y cuatro venezolano (Jesús ‘Pingüino’ González). El disco, tercero de Pacho y segundo como artista exclusivo de Deutsche Grammophon, salió a la venta el pasado mes de abril y se presentó en una abarrotada Quinta de Mahler, presentado por María del Ser Guillén.

Pacho Flores y Pingüino estarán girando ENTROPÍA por diversos países, incluida España, a lo largo de la temporada 17/18, y en las siguientes temporadas 18/19 y 19/20 Pacho Flores estrenará en  EEUU, Europa y Japón tres nuevos conciertos de trompeta dedicados a él por destacados compositores que en breve anunciaremos en esta misma plataforma. Mientras tanto, prepara su tercer disco para Deutsche Grammophon junto a la Arctic Philharmonic y dirección de Christian Lindberg.




Pacho y Pingüino presentan ENTROPÍA en Galicia

Pacho y Pingüino presentan ENTROPÍA en Galicia

Tras su presentación, la pasada semana, en La Quinta de Mahler de Madrid, Pacho Flores y Jesús ‘Pingüino’ González, presentan ENTROPÍA, su segundo disco en Deutsche Grammophon, en el Auditorio de Vilagarcía de Arousa con un concierto y Master class.

Pacho Flores

Tomamos las palabras introductoras del texto de Álvaro Gallegos para las notas del disco:

De tanto en tanto aparecen figuras que provocan avances en su área de dominio, estrellas en el firmamento que inciden de manera decisiva en un ámbito de la música, sea un parámetro de esta, una estética, o bien un instrumento. Pacho Flores ha logra- do poner la luz más intensa de la candileja sobre la trompeta. Y no se trata solo de su depurado sonido, tan prístino que impresiona a cualquier oyente. Tampoco ha basta- do la prodigiosa técnica que deviene en el tan ovacionado virtuosismo que ha sacudido los principales escenarios donde se ha presentado. Es que Pacho ha conformado un prodigioso tándem con su fabricante de trompetas, Vicente Honorato de la casa Stomvi en España. Instrumentos hechos a medida del venezolano, explorando la amplia gama de la familia de las trompetas, siempre en búsqueda del mejor sonido, una perfección que se ajuste a su extenso repertorio. Podríamos decir que Pacho es lo más importante que la ha sucedido a la trompeta desde Miles Davis.

Su anterior álbum Cantar (DG 479 1068) dio significativas luces de lo antes descrito. Distintos tipos de trompetas, incluyendo el viejo corno da caccia, en un abanico de joyas musicales barrocas, con un pequeño salto al presente en una de las obras. Acompañado por una agrupación orquestal pequeña, el protagonismo absoluto de Pacho en ese trabajo se convierte en un diálogo íntimo con el auditor. Y ese intimismo, esa cercanía se acrecienta con el presente disco.

Aquí Pacho muestra otra faceta, más colaborativa, donde conforma un nuevo tándem, esta vez netamente musical, con su compatriota el guitarrista Jesús “Pingüino” González. Este es un músico que merece mayor atención por parte del orbe. Un poeta de la guitarra, versado en lenguajes más allá de su país de origen, es también arreglista y productor. En definitiva un músico latinoamericano cabal, y el complemento ideal para el versátil Pacho, que aquí pone su boca y sus dedos en cuatro tipos de cornetas, más el cautivante sonido del fliscorno.



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