"...Although intense and energetic, Flores filled this piece with a strength and confidence that was never aggressive or intimidating. Sequenza X was performed with prodigious stamina and exemplary consistency – the intonation and tone were as strong at the finish as they had been at the beginning – a difficult piece played with vigor and grace." - Sequenza 21/
Having established himself as one of the nation's premiere trumpet voices for contemporary solo and chamber works, creative artist Daniel Flores continues to reach out to enthusiastic, like-minded musicians and composers, in the effort to expand and enrich the current repertoire, and to further advance the cause of the trumpet worldwide.
Daniel can be seen performing alongside world class musicians in the Brightwork newMusic Group, a vibrant organization in Los Angeles, showcasing the cutting edge of modern repertoire. Recently, Daniel performed the music of Schoenberg Prize winning composer, Helmut Oehring, at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles. Other recent highlights include a never before attempted concert of the complete Sequenze of Luciano Berio for the Tuesday's @ Monk Space concert series. There, Daniel performed Sequenza X alongside some of the finest soloists and musicians in Los Angeles to positive review by the Los Angeles Times and the New Yorker. For the 2023/24 season, Daniel will be performing the United States premiere of the Three Autumns, by Swedish composer, Staffan Storm.
As a lifelong seeker of knowledge, Daniel studied and performed at the Chosen Vale Center for Advanced Musical Studies, under the direction of acclaimed trumpeter, conductor, and educator, Edward Carroll. This project serves as a major platform for new and contemporary compositions and is an assembly of some of the finest trumpeters in the world, including Håkan Hardenberger, Gabriele Cassone, Clément Saunier, and the late Thomas Stevens.
Daniel received a certificate under the Corso Speciale program at the Istituto Superiore Di Studi Musicali Conservatorio Guido Cantelli, in Italy, where he studied with the world-renowned trumpet soloist, Gabriele Cassone, as well as having served as an assistant instructor of trumpet. Daniel earned a master of music degree from Wichita State University, where he studied with Dr. David Hunsicker. A highlight of Daniel's education and study includes ongoing coaching with famed trumpet soloist, Håkan Hardenberger.
His training deeply rooted in the orchestra tradition, Daniel studied with the famed Associate Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, William Scarlett.
Daniel began his trumpet studies at the age of 15, and within one year, he was performing in his local college jazz ensemble. Over the course of the next 3 years, Daniel had the privilege of performing for and alongside artists such as Byron Stripling, Jon Faddis, Chris Vadala, Bobby Shew, the Thad Jones Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra. That organic education led Daniel to hold the spirit of jazz close to his heart.
As an great believer in education, Daniel currently teaches at Butler Community College, and actively travels throughout the United States, transmitting as much as possible, all he has learned thus far. He will be giving masterclasses across the country for the 2023/24 season as well as performing in recital.
Daniel performs on trumpets by YAMAHA.