GONZALO CORTES

Gonzalo Cortés, a native of Chile, began studying flute at the age of twelve at La Serena School of Music in Chile. He graduated from the Catholic University of Chile, where he studied flute under Alberto Harms, former principal flute of the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile. While he was there, he won the principal flute position with the Classical Orchestra of Santiago, which he held for eight years. He then came to the United States and earned an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University where he studied flute under Robert Langevin, principal flute of the New York Philharmonic.

As a soloist and orchestral musician, he has toured South America and the United States with different ensembles, such as the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, the Classical Orchestra of Santiago, Farmington Valley Chorale, Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, Hartford Pops Band, and the Symphony of South East Texas.

He has performed at numerous festivals, such as the Orford Arts Centre's Academy of Music in Canada, the First International Flute Festival in Río de Janeiro, and the Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte. He has also performed at the Tereza Carreño Theater in Venezuela, Teatro Municipal in Chile, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., among others. He is one of the most sought-after flute teachers in CT.

In addition to Mr. Cortés' classical training pursuit, he is a proponent of South American and World Music. He plays a wide array of flutes from around the world as well as different types of panpipes from the Andes. He has recorded with the internationally acclaimed Chilean folk group Inti-Illimani, and with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, DC, for the Naxos label. In 2006, Gonzalo released his first solo album, Valle.

Gonzalo is the newest member of Surcari, a performance group originally from Chile and Puerto Rico under the musical direction of guitarist Lorena Garay. Mr. Cortés, as a band member of Surcari, is a Young Audiences Arts for Learning Artist who gives multicultural performances throughout the region.