Gonzalo Cortés, flute

Gonzalo Cortés, a native of Chile, began studying flute at the age of 12 in the La Serena School of Music. He studied with Alberto Harms at the Catholic University of Chile, graduating in 1993. During his studies there, he won the Principal Flute position with the Classical Orchestra of Santiago, which he held for 8 years. He then came to the United States and earned an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University with Robert Langevin, Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic, as his teacher.

As a soloist he has toured South America with the Classical Orchestra of Santiago, the Chamber Orchestra of Chile, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Catholic University of Chile. Mr. Cortés has performed at numerous festivals in both the United States and South America such as the Primer Festival Internacional de Flauta in Rio de Janeiro, Semanas Musicales de Frutillar, Chile and the Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado.

In addition to Mr. Cortés' classical training pursuit he is also a proponent of South American folklore music. He performs regularly as a soloist on zampoña and quena and with Alturas Duo. He has recorded with the internationally acclaimed Chilean folk group Inti-Illimani and a Spanish version of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with the National Youth Symphony of Chile as well as for national television broadcasts in Colombia.

Currently Mr. Cortés lives in the Hartford area and performs with Gonzalo Cortes’
Duo del Sur and teaches flute at Miss Porter’s School and privately. Projects of note for Mr. Cortés include Paul Halley’s Voices of Light with the Church Street Singers and recording Ariel Ramírez’s Misa Criolla with The Choral Arts Society of Washington for the Naxos label.