Pacho Flores keeps adding premieres to this vibrant start of the season, this time together with the Oviedo Filarmonía and Lucas Macías for the absolute premiere of Historias de Flores y Tangos by Daniel Freiberg, a new shared commission with the participation of the Oviedo Filarmonía, the Arctic Philharmonic led by Manuel Hernández-Silva, the Orquesta de Minería with Carlos Miguel Prieto, and the Walla Walla Symphony under its principal conductor Yaacob Bergman. The Oviedo Filarmonía already participated in the commission of Concierto de otoño by Arturo Márquez, together with the Orquesta Nacional de México (Prieto), the Tucson Symphony conducted by José Luis Gómez, and the Hyogo PAC Orchestra led by Michiyoshi Inoue.
The Asturian orchestra has thus been involved in the first and last commissions within the first of the six phases the project consists of. The project also includes Paquito D’Rivera’s Concierto Venezolano, which will close its round of premieres in Spain with the Orquesta de Valencia under Hernández-Silva after being premiered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Domingo Hindoyan) and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra (Rafael Payare); the concert Salseando by Roberto Sierra, which was already premiered in Liverpool (Hindoyan) and Murcia (Hernández-Silva) and will close its round of premieres this season with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Prieto) and the Orchestra National de Bordeaux -Aquitaine (Hernández-Silva); Danzas Latinas by Efraín Oscher, commissioned and premiered by the Real Filharmonía de Galicia with Hernández-Silva; and Christian Lindberg’s Caballos Mágicos, premiered by the Real Filharmonía de Galicia (Paul Daniel) and very recently by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra with Lindberg himself at the podium, with premieres in Turkey and the US in dates to be confirmed. Pacho Flores had previously premiered another concert by Daniel Freiberg, Crónicas Latinoamericanas, a transcription for trumpet of the original written for clarinet, with the Het Gelders Orkest under Christian Vásquez.
D. Freiberg, A. Márquez, P. D’Rivera, P. Flores and C. M. Prieto during the recording of Mestizo for Deutsche Grammophon
There is a double satisfaction for Pacho Flores in this project of shared commissions. On the one hand, it promotes an unprecedented expansion of the solo trumpet and orchestra repertoire. On the other hand, these new concerts, with enormous technical and musical demands that have fostered the great diversity of new four-piston prototypes in various keys that are being personally manufactured for Pacho by the house STOVI, have come to stay and are now being programmed on a regular basis. Márquez’s concert, whose round of premieres took place throughout the season 2018/19, has already been programmed almost thirty times after the last scheduled premiere; Oscher’s concert has already been performed in Mexico, France and Sweden and is scheduled this season with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra under Christian Vásquez; and Paquito D’Rivera’s concert is scheduled, also this season, with the Gran Canaria Philharmonic under Hernández-Silva. Several of these concerts have already been recorded for a new Deutsche Grammophon album that will be presented in 2022, and others will be recorded along the coming months. At the same time, Pacho Flores has already composed two concerts as well, Cantos y Revueltas, for trumpet, Venezuelan cuatro and strings, which has already been performed around the world, and what will possibly be the first concert for flugelhorn, soon to be released and for which STOMVI has designed three new instruments.
US-based Hong Kong conductor Perry So will lead the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra on October 23 at the Michigan Theater, in a program that includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 95 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6. This concert is part of the searching process for a new musical director undertaken by the American orchestra, and Perry So is part of the selection of candidates for the tenure. Well known in Spain, Perry So is a regular guest in orchestras such as the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra or the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with the Navarra Symphony Orchestra and the Malaga Philharmonic.
Perry So is a regular guest of the San Francisco, Cleveland and Minnesota orchestras, as well as the Houston, Detroit, New Jersey, Israel and Shanghai symphony orchestras, the Chinese Philharmonic and the Residentie Orkest in The Hague. He has also frequently worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a Dudamel Conducting Fellow and, naturally, with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Perry So conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic with Lang Lang for the celebration of the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China at the close of his four-year term as Associate Conductor; and led the Zagreb Philharmonic on a tour around the Balkan Peninsula.
So received the First and Special Prizes at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St Petersburg. His recording of Barber and Korngold’s Violin Concertos with violinist Alexander Gilman and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra was awarded the Diapason d’Or in January 2012. He has recorded extensively with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Concert Orchestra. He is known for his wide-ranging programming, including numerous world premieres on four continents and works from the Renaissance and the Baroque. He has conducted productions of Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Turn of the Screw, Giulio Cesare, Gianni Schicchi, and Die Fledermaus. His commitment to working with young musicians has taken him to the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Round Top Festival, the Manhattan School of Music, the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, and the Yale School of Music. He has assisted Edo de Waart, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel and John Adams.
After a spectacular concert at the Úbeda Festival in which he conducted the ORTVE orchestra with Marina Heredia and Cañizares, Manuel Hernández-Silva begins an intense symphonic season by leading the ADDA Simfònica from Alicante, the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra and—yet again—the ORTVE. With the ADDA orchestra he will conduct violist Isabel Villanueva in a program that includes Cantos de Ordesa, a concert for viola and orchestra by the recently deceased Antón García Abril, along with Vasili Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1 in G Minor. He will then lead the ORTVE orchestra in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, and the Córdoba orchestra in Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200 and Kalinnikov’s symphony.
Other outstanding commitments of this season include the Valencia Orchestra, where Manuel Hernández-Silva will conduct Pacho Flores and Leo Rondón at the Spanish premiere of Concierto Venezolano by Paquito D’Rivera, Cantos y Revueltas, by Flores himself, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39; the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, where he will conduct a Russian program including the overture A Life for the Tsar, by Mijaíl Glinka, Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor with Robert Lakatoš as soloist, and once again Kalinnikov’s Symphony No.1; the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia in Spain, where he will premiere Manuel Moreno Buendía’s Stabat Mater with the mezzosoprano María José Montiel and the baritone Javier Franco; the Gran Canaria Philharmonic, again with Pacho Flores and Leo Rondón; the National Symphony of Chile; the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, in a Spanish program that includes Rafael Aguirre (guitar), Beatriz Díaz (soprano) and César Augusto Gutiérrez (tenor) as soloists; or the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine for two new French premieres with Pacho Flores: the concerts Salseando, by Roberto Sierra, and Concierto Venezolano by Paquito D’Rivera, together with Silvestre Revueltas’s Redes, and Estancia by Alberto Ginastera.
Manuel Hernández-Silva has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra and Musical and Artistic Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Orquesta de Córdoba, Malaga Philharmonic and Navarre Symphony Orchestra.
Christian Vásquez will conduct the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra at the LVI Bratislava Music Festival in a program consisting of El Salón México, by Aaron Copland; Symphonie Espagnole, by Edouard Lalo, with the violinist Ivan Zenaty; and La noche de los Mayas, by Silvestre Revueltas. Vásquez, who has just returned from a long stay in Colombia with the Medellin Philharmonic, which he conducted in four different programs throughout the month of September, will travel to Israel and Poland to lead the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic after the concerts at the Bratislava Festival with the Slovak Philharmonic, before joining the production of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opéra National de Paris in which he will be assistant conductor to Gustavo Dudamel, the new musical director of the institution.
Christian Vásquez will also visit Spain a couple of times this season to conduct the Navarre and Tenerife symphony orchestras. In Pamplona, he will conduct a program that includes the Concierto-Capricho for harp and orchestra by Xavier Montsalvatge, with the Sevillian harpist Cristina Montes Mateo, and the Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90 by Johannes Brahms. In Tenerife he will lead his compatriot and friend, the great trumpeter Pacho Flores, in a program consisting of Danzas Latinas, by Efraín Oscher, Concierto para fliscorno, by Pacho Flores himself, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 e E minor, op. 64. Before the end of the season, he will also pay a visit to the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, where he was principal conductor for six seasons between 2013 and 2019.
Christian Vásquez is currently Musical Director of the Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. In addition to his tenure in Stavanger, he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Het Gelders Orkest between 2015 and 2020, and of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra between 2010 and 2013. He has conducted orchestras such as the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Beethoven Festival Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Estonian National Orchestra, Danish Royal Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, RTE National Orchestra from Ireland, Philharmonia Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Camerata, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa) or Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Spain he has worked with the Galician Symphony Orchestra, Gran Canaria Philharmonic, Sinfónica de Castilla y León or Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias.
Pacho Flores travels to Sweden for the premiere of the trumpet concerto Caballos Mágicos, by Christian Lindberg, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, as well as for the recording of an album with works by Lindberg for European Grammophon. Along with this new piece, the recording includes Un Sueño Morisco, double concerto for trumpet and trombone that was commissioned and premiered by the ORTVE with Pacho Flores, Ximo Vicedo on the trombone and Lindberg as conductor. Lindberg will on this occasion perform again not only as conductor but also as trombonist.
This concert, which got its premiere in Spain with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, is part of the project of shared commissions for new trumpet concerts to prominent composers launched by Pacho Flores and managed by his international agency ACM Concerts. The composers who have taken part in the first two rounds of commissions are Arturo Márquez, Paquito D’Rivera, Roberto Sierra, Efraín Oscher, Daniel Freiberg and Lindberg himself, and there is a third round in preparation now. The orchestras that have been involved in the different joint commissions and premieres are the National Symphony of Mexico, Tucson Symphony, Hyogo PAC Orchestra of Japan, Oviedo Filarmonía, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orquesta de Minería, Valencia Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine or the Arctic Philharmonic; and the conductors who have or are going to participate in these premieres are Carlos Miguel Prieto, José Luis Gómez, Michiyoshi Inoue, Lucas Macías, Domingo Hindoyan, Manuel Hernández-Silva, Rafael Payare, Paul Daniel and Christian Lindberg. Several of these concerts have already been recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon label.
The contribution of this project to the expansion of the trumpet repertoire has had no equal in the history of the instrument. This, together with the technological evolution of new four-piston prototypes in new keys that Pacho Flores is carrying out with the help of the Spanish manufacturer STOMVI, his intense educational activity, the recording legacy he is producing —in which he alternates the great classical works for the trumpet with this new exclusive repertoire— and, naturally, his unbeatable musical and technical conditions, makes Pacho Flores the most influential classical trumpeter in history. To these premieres must also be added the concerts that many other composers dedicate to Pacho on their own initiative, as well as those he has himself composed, such as Cantos y Revueltas, or what is possibly the first flugelhorn concerto ever written.
Trumpeter Pacho Flores will perform at the world premiere of a new trumpet concert next Monday, September 20 at 19:30 at the Barbican Center in London, United Kingdom. This premiere is the result of a commission, inspired by Pacho Flores himself, from Peter Ash, artistic director of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, to Eleanor Alberga, an Afro-Caribbean composer (Kingston, Jamaica, 1949) of British nationality and residence.
Eleanor Alberga is a highly regarded British composer with commissions from the BBC Proms and the Royal Opera at Covent Garden. After studying piano and singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London, she began a career as a pianist which was then redirected to composition when she arrived at the London Contemporary Dance Theatre in 1978. After leaving the LCDT, she was able to focus entirely on composing, and since then the interest in her music has only increased. In 2015 her work ARISE, ATHENA!, commissioned by the PROMS for the opening of the Last Night, consolidated her international reputation as a composer of enormous talent and originality. Alberga has won several awards, including a NESTA Scholarship in 2000 and a Paul Hamlyn Award in 2019. In 2020 she was elected member of the Royal Academy of Music and in 2021 she received the Order of the British Empire for her services to music.
This new world premiere is, once again, the first of many to come for Pacho Flores along this 2021/22 season. He will afterwards perform the Swedish premiere of Caballos Mágicos, a trumpet concert by trombonist, conductor and composer Christian Lindberg, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the composer himself at the podium. This piece had its world premiere last May in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) together with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia and its principal conductor Paul Daniel. During his stay in Sweden, Pacho will participate in the recording of an album with works by Lindberg, including this same concert as well as Un Sueño Morisco, a double concerto for trumpet and trombone commissioned and premiered by the ORTVE, with Ximo Vicedo on the trombone and the composer as conductor. In October, Pacho will premiere Historias de Flores y Tangos, by Daniel Freiberg, with the Oviedo Filarmonía and Lucas Macías. In November, he will return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Domingo Hindoyan for the British premieres of Concierto venezolano, by Paquito D’Rivera, and Pacho’s own work Cantos y Revueltas, in which he will be accompanied by the cuatrista Leo Rondón. Later on, in February 2022, he will perform the Spanish and US premiere of Paquito D’Rivera’s concert, with the San Diego Symphony under Rafael Payare and the Valencia Orchestra under Hernández-Silva, respectively; and between March and April the Brazilean premiere of Roberto Sierra’s concert Salseando, with the Sinfónica do Estado de São Paulo and Carlos Miguel Prieto, which will then see its French premiere in June with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine and Manuel Hernández-Silva. After this, Pacho will return to Spain to premiere Concierto Mambí, by Igmar Alderete, with the Córdoba Orchestra and its principal conductor, Domínguez-Nieto.