Pacho Flores, artist-in-residence in Galicia and Liverpool

Pacho Flores, artist-in-residence in Galicia and Liverpool

Pacho Flores faces the 2022/23 season as resident artist of two important European orchestras: the Galicia Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. After a summer in which he was also resident artist at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s La Virée Classique festival, and during the 22/23 academic year Pacho Flores will combine his status as resident artist in the Atlantic ports of A Coruña and Liverpool, with the OSG and the RLPO, orchestras participating in the shared commission for Gabriela Ortiz’s new trumpet concerto, Altar de Bronce, together with the New World Symphony, which has scheduled the premiere for the 2023/24 season, and another orchestra yet to be determined.

With the Galician orchestra it will be present with three programs, two symphonic, both under the baton of Manuel Hernández-Silva, one of which has an important educational aspect as it will be performed with the Youth Orchestra of the Galician Symphony, and one of chamber music along with guitarist Jesús ‘Pingüino’ González, with whom he recorded the album ENTROPÍA for Deutsche Grammophon, in collaboration with the A Coruña Philharmonic Society. The program with the young orchestra includes the Concierto de Otoño, by Arturo Márquez, and Albares, Concerto for flugelhorn by Pacho Flores himself; the second program includes Paquito D’Rivera’s Concerto Venezolano together with the world premiere of Altar de Bronce. All these concerts related to Pacho’s residency in Galicia will take place in April 2023. The British orchestra has also proposed three activities, an extraordinary Christmas program, and two subscription programs directed by its head Domingo Hindoyan, the first, in May, with two classics from the French repertoire for trumpet such as the Concerto by Tomasi and the Concertino for trumpet, piano and strings by Jolivet; and a season finale in July that includes Salseando by Roberto Sierra and the UK premiere of Altar de Bronce. These four works will be recorded for a new album. Therefore, December 2022, April, May and July 2023 will be the periods of this double residency.

Pacho Flores, artist-in-residence in Galicia and Liverpool

Along with these two residencies, other outstanding activities of a season that begins with the presentation of ESTIRPE, their fifth album for Deutsche Grammophon, are the premieres in the US and Norway of Historias de Flores y Tangos, with the orchestras of Walla y Walla and Arctic Philharmonic respectively, the latter under the direction of Hernández-Silva, as well as concerts in Singapore, Tucson, Buffalo, Belgrade, Quebec, etc. With the closure of the premiere cycle of the Daniel Freiberg concert throughout the 2022/23 season, there are now five new concertos resulting from the project of shared commissions for new trumpet concerts that Pacho has promoted: Arturo Márquez, Paquito D’ Rivera, Efraín Oscher, Roberto Sierra and the aforementioned Freiberg, and throughout 2023/24 the remaining two, by Christian Lindberg and Gabriela Ortiz, will be also completed.


 

Hernández-Silva and Flores premiere Salseando, by Sierra, with the National de Bordeaux

Hernández-Silva and Flores premiere Salseando, by Sierra, with the National de Bordeaux

Manuel Hernández-Silva and Pacho Flores appear with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine to offer two French premieres, those of the trumpet concertos, Salseando, by Roberto Sierra, and Concerto Venezolano by Paquito D’Rivera. In addition, a purely Latin American program is completed with Redes, by Silvestre Revueltas, and Estancia, by Ginastera. This French premiere of Salseando is the fourth in the cycle of premieres derived from the joint commission between the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Murcia Region Symphony Orchestra, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra and the Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra itself. Hernández-Silva, who was also responsible for its Spanish premiere in Murcia, will conduct it next season with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for its premiere in North America, later it will be Anu Tali with the Orchester Symphonique de Quebec who will premiere it in Canada, and Domingo Hindoyan will conduct it again in Liverpool for a new recording.

In the other hand, the Concerto Venezolano by Paquito D’Rivera completed its series of premieres by the co-commissioning orchestras last February by the San Diego Symphony and Rafael Payare, after the Minería Symphony, again the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Valencia Orchestra, a Spanish premiere also under Hernández-Silva’s conducting. Since then it has already been scheduled with the Castilla y León Symphony and Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Gran Canaria Philharmonic with Hernández-Silva, Payare will take it this summer with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and next season, again under the baton of Hernández-Silva, will be presented together with the Galician Symphony. Hernández-Silva’s presence in this commissioned project will continue with the premieres of the new concert commissioned from Gabriela Ortiz with the Galician Symphony and Daniel Freiberg’s Historias de Flores y Tangos with the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, both at the season 2022/23, and at the time he also conducted the Spanish premiere of Danzas Latinas by Efraín Oscher with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, with which he also premiered and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Cantos y Revueltas by Pacho Flores himself.

Hernández-Silva and Flores premiere Salseando, by Sierra, with the Bordeaux National

Cover of Cantos y Revueltas, with Flores, Rondón, the Rea Filharmonía and Hernández-Silva

All these new trumpet concerts are the result of a carefully laid plan with the aim of expanding the scarce repertoire for solo trumpet and orchestra, which is materializing through a project of shared commissions for new trumpet concerts from outstanding composers such as all those mentioned here. In a first phase, Arturo Márquez, Paquito D’Rivera and Roberto Sierra were commissioned, in a second Christian Lindberg, Efraín Oscher and Daniel Freiberg, and with Gabriela Ortiz a third phase begins and will last for the next seasons. The first of all the premieres was Arturo Márquez’s Concierto de Otoño, by the National Symphony of Mexico and Carlos Miguel Prieto, and despite the interruptions and delays caused by the COVID19 pandemic, with this one from Bordeaux, sixteen of the twenty-one planned premieres of the first two phases have already been made, and if nothing prevents it, at the beginning of the 2023/24 season the twenty-five premieres corresponding to the seven commissions will have been completed.


 

Kees Bakels with the Singapore Symphony

Kees Bakels with the Singapore Symphony

Dutch conductor Kees Bakels conducts the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and violinist Richard Lin next November the 15th at the Victoria Concert Hall. The program includes Rossini’s Overture of La Cenerentola, Korngold’s violin concerto and excerpts from Chaikovski’s The Sleeping Beauty.

Kees Bakels has held numerous titled positions with major orchestras, most recently with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra where he was Music Director from 1997 to 2005. Other positions have included Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Adviser to the Quebec Symphony Orchestra or Chief Guest Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for 10 years and still works with the orchestra each season. He also works regularly in France with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Orchestre National de Lille. Kees Bakels has conducted all the major Dutch orchestras, as well as orchestras in Europe, the USA, Australia and Japan.

Kees Bakels plano americano color

Kees Bakels’ guest-conducting engagements have included the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Berne Symphony Orchestra, Het Brabants and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Kees Bakels has always concentrated as much on opera as on symphonic repertoire and has regularly appeared with the Netherlands Opera and the Vancouver Opera and in the UK has conducted new productions of Aïda and Fidelio at the English National Opera and La Bohème and Carmen at the Welsh National Opera. He has conducted concert performances of opera for the famous VARA Matinee Series at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam regularly over 25 years, most recently Donizetti’s La Favorita. He has championed the lesser known operas of composers such as Mascagni and Leoncavello including Mascagni’s Zanetto, Amica, Il Piccolo Marat,Isabeau, Iris, Nerone and his Messa di Gloria, and Leoncavello’s La Bohème, Edipo Re and Zaza.

Kees Bakels’ recordings include the complete Vaughan Williams symphonies, recently re-released as a box set and complete Nielsen Concerti with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for Naxos and four recordings with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra for NM Classics. He has also recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra for ASV, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra for Denon, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. Recordings with the MPO for BIS include works by Dvorak, Sibelius, Khachaturian, Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov. Kees Bakels’ recording of Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto with Jean-Jacques Kantorow and the Tapiola Sinfonietta was nominated in the orchestral category of the BBC Music Magazine Awards.

Kees Bakels was born in Amsterdam, beginning his musical career as a violinist. He studied conducting at the Amsterdam Conservatory and at the Academy Chigiana in Siena. During his studies he became Assistant Conductor of the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently held the position of Associate Conductor with that orchestra. At that time he also became Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra which he took to festivals in England, Finland, Belgium and Spain and on a coast-to-coast tour across the USA.

 

 

 

Yoav Talmi

Yoav Talmi

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Kees Bakels

Kees Bakels

Kees Bakels, conductor Kees Bakels has held numerous titled positions with major orchestras, most recently with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra where he was Music Director from 1997 to 2005. Other positions have included Principal Conductor of the Netherlands...