Saxophonist Salvador Flores got his inspiration for playing music from his dad, who plays Mexican Regional Music. Flores obtained two postgraduate degrees in Classical Saxophone and Improvisation from the University of Michigan in 2022, and he’s the newest member of the United States Pershing’s Own Army Band. Now, Flores is the first in the 2022-2023 class of Performance Today Young Artists in Residence.
In high school, he was in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, with whom he performed at the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts. Over the years, his musicianship has taken him from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. to concert engagements in Switzerland and Belgium, to stages all over the U.S., and hundreds of screaming fans. In his multi-disciplined career, Flores has performed in the Regional Mexican tradition touring with such groups as the Kikin y Los Astros, Conjunto Rio Grande, Conjunto Azabache, Revancha Norteña, and La Firmeza Norteña.
As a soloist, Flores performed with various ensembles, including the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Interlochen Philharmonic Orchestra.
As an active chamber musician, Flores is also the Soprano Chair of the Aero Quartet, who has received many prestigious awards, including being named a Gold Medalist and 1st Prize Winner of the 2021 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. They were also the 1st Prize Winners of the 2021 Briggs Chamber Music Competition, the 2021 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, and the 2021 NOLA Chamber Fest Graduate Competition. The quartet will release their Debut Album in May 2023 on Orchid Classics.
Flores appears here in these recordings with pianist Diane Park.
Video: Salvador Flores at Volstead's Emporium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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