|Member Since:||May 14, 2004|
|Last Visit:||September 11, 2005|
Fernando Flores was born in Andaluza, Spain in 1977 to a family of musical background. At the age of two and a half, he began to study the violin with his father, who remained his devoted teacher for the next fifteen years. He made his first public appearance on January 14, 1980, at the age of three. His first appearance as a soloist with orchestra came two years later. Ferdinand went on to the famous Juilliard School of Music, New York, to study with the legendary star-developer Dorothy DeLay, whose long list of former students includes Itzhak Perlman, Nigel Kennedy, Gil Shaham, and Sarah Chang.
Mr. Flores began to perform extensively in 1984. He was invited to play for President Ronald Reagan at a Christmas concert in Washington, DC, in 1987. In 1988, he played for Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of the former USSR, when Mr. Gorbachev visited Belgrade. In 1991, he played for Pope John Paul II, who has invited him back to Vatican several times. Fernando gave his 1000th concert in 1993 in Monterrey, Mexico, and is approaching his 2000th one this year. His tours have taken him to countries around the globe, including Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, Israel, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Croatia, Poland, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka, Mexico, China, Australia, Canada, the United States, and Brazil. He has played with a number of world-famous orchestras, such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Dortmund and Rhein Philharmonics, the Hanover Symphony (Germany), the Orchestra of Radio-France, the Helsinki Philharmonic (Finland), the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Solisti Veneti, Santa Cecilia, and Sofia Soloist Orchestras (Italy), the Belgrade Philharmonic (Yugoslavia), the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra (Russia), the Mexico State Symphony, the Melbourne, West Australian and Queensland Symphonies (Australia), the Hungarian National Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony (United States), the Orquesta Sinfonica de Estado de Sao Paolo (Brazil), and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Flores made his first US appearances in 1987 at the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island and a pre-concert for the Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. After his recognition at the 1994 Indianapolis International Violin Competition, he came back to play the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 with Arizona's Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, the Glazunov Concerto and Gershwin Preludes with Colorado's San Juan Symphony, the Prokofiev Violin Concertos with the Evansville Symphony orchestra, Mozart's Violin Concerto No.5 with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and (???) with the North Akansas Symphony Orchestra. In 1997, he was a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The Young Concert Artists (YCA) Series presented his New York debut recital at the 92nd Street Y in April 1998 and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center in March 1999. On December 26, 1998, he was featured on National Public Radio's talkshow "Weekend All Things Considered." On April 21, 1999, Ferdinand made his New York concerto debut in the YCA's Diamond Concert series at Alice Tully Hall with the New York Chamber Symphony. For the past two years, he has gone to musical halls, libraries and schools around the US, where he not only plays but also listens to the students and gives them advice and tips on how to play the violin better.