Francisco “Pacho” Flores (b. 1981, San Cristóbal, Venezuela, is a Venezuelan trumpeter and composer.
Pacho was eight when he began studying with his father, Francisco Flores Díaz, a trumpeter and band director who told him: “Pachito, you have good lips. You will be a trumpeter.” A product of Venezuela’s groundbreaking system of youth and children’s orchestras (El Sistema), he later studied with Orlando Paredes at the Escuela de Música Miguel Ángel Espinel, Eduardo Manzanilla at the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales in Caracas and with Eric Aubier in Paris, where in 2005 he earned a conservatory diploma with a unanimously awarded Prix de Virtuosité. He has been awarded first prize in the “Maurice André” International Contest, the most renowned trumpet contest in the world, as well as first prize in the “Philip Jones” International Contest and first prize in the “Cittá di Porcia” International contest.
Flores is principal trumpet of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and founding member of the Simón Bolívar Brass Quintet, has been achieving worldwide recognition as a soloist, captivating audiences with his energy and the bell-like beauty of his tone. His playing integrates jazz and Latin American influences with his classical training.
A founding director of the Latin American Trumpet Academy in Caracas, Flores mentors budding musicians and he is a frequent guest at conservatories in Finland, Spain, France, Japan and Latin America. As an avid champion of new music and the impetus for important innovations to trumpet performance and fabrication, he has premiered works by composers such as Roger Boutry, Efraín Oscher, Sergio Bernal, Giancarlo Castro and Santiago Báez.
Works for Winds
- Cantos y Revueltas (2019?/2022)