ysmael reyes, flute

Praised for his “agility, speed…liquid phrasing and tonal sophistication” (Fanfare Magazine) Venezuelan flutist Ysmael Reyes enjoys a varied career as a soloist, orchestral player, and teacher. Mr. Reyes has performed in the United States, Russia and throughout South America.


Formed in Venezuela’s System of Youth Orchestras, Mr. Reyes has been a prize winner in the First Latin American Flute Competition, the National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition, the Music Award by the Dante Alighieri Society of Denver and the Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Competition at the University of Colorado. His first recording Incanto: Venezuelan Contemporary Music was released in 2013 by Clear Note Records and is distributed worldwide by Naxos of America.


An exceptionally versatile flutist, Mr. Reyes is an avid performer of new music, as well as an accomplished baroque flute player, and has recorded with local Latin music bands and world music ensembles in Colorado. Mr. Reyes, has premiered compositions by renowned composers in the U.S. and Venezuela and in 2013 performed the world premiere of the flute concerto “In the form of a shell” by Costa Rican composer Pablo Chin, commissioned especially for him and the Claremont Concert Orchestra in California. Mr. Reyes performs regularly on the baroque flute with ensembles such as the Boulder Bach Festival and the Bach Society Houston.


Mr. Reyes joined the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in 2006, and is currently on the faculty at Regis University. He has performed as a featured soloist with orchestras in Venezuela, the U.S. and Brazil and has been invited as a performer, clinician and adjudicator to festivals in the U.S. and abroad such as the Second International Flute Festival in Venezuela, the First Flautas Gerais in Brazil, the Brownsville Flute Festival in Texas, the Albuquerque Flute Association’s Flute Fiesta, the Colorado Mesa University Flute Day and the Colorado Flute Association’s Flute Fair.

Mr. Reyes holds degrees from the University of the Arts in Caracas, Venezuela, the University of Iowa and the University of Colorado.