Paquito D’Rivera’s Concerto Venezolano will be premiered in the USA on March 28 and 29 with Pacho Flores, Rafael Payare and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra at the Jacob Music Center. This Venezuelan Concerto by Paquito D’Rivera, which is part of the project of shared commissions that Pacho Flores is promoting, had its first premiere in Mexico in September last year with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería under Carlos Miguel Prieto and will be part of Pacho’s next recording for Deutsche Grammophon.

This second premiere of Paquito D’Rivera’s Concerto Venezolano in San Diego is also the seventh within the project of shared commissions of new concerts for trumpet, after the four premieres of Concierto de Otoño by Arturo Márquez (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México under Carlos Miguel Prieto; Tucson Symphony Orchestra under José Luis Gómez; Hyogo PAC Orchestra of Japan under Michiyoshi Inoue; and Oviedo Filarmonía under Lucas Macías), the first premiere of Danzas Latinas by Efraín Oscher (Real Filharmonía de Galicia under Manuel Hernández-Silva), and the first premiere of Salseando by Roberto Sierra (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Domingo Hindoyan).

Concerto Venezolano, Paquito D'Rivera

From L to R: Daniel Freiberg, Arturo Márquez, Paquito D’Rivera, Pacho Flores and Carlos Miguel Prieto

After this premiere of Concerto Venezolano in San Diego, a new premiere of Salseando (Orquestra Simfônica do Estado de São Paulo under Giancarlo Guerrero) and further premieres of these and other composers, such as Christian Lindberg and Daniel Freiberg, will soon take place in the 20/21 and 21/22 seasons in countries such as France, Spain, United Kingdom, Norway, USA or Turkey and will be announced in due course. The result of this project of shared commissions is that in a few years six new trumpet concerts dedicated to Pacho Flores will have been released throughout the world by orchestras from North and South America, Europe and Japan.

Concerto Venezolano, Paquito D'Rivera

Pacho Flores with Vicente Honorato, STOMVI’s CEO, and some of the four valves instruments that Pacho uses in his concerts

These new concerts represent an expansion of the repertoire for solo trumpet unknown in the history of music. And another particularity of the concerts resulting from this project of commissions is that they are written for a wide variety of instruments of the trumpet family such as flugelhorns, cornets and trumpets, not only in different keys but with a special characteristic: they all have four valves and have been developed by Pacho Flores together with its manufacturer STOMVI. This means that, as well as the expansion of the repertoire that this project entails, technical advances in the instruments similar to the appearance of the valves in the 19th century are also being made.