Professional Bio

  • D.M.A., Flute Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado
  • M.M., Flute Performance, University of Iowa
  • B.M., Flute Performance, Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales, Caracas, Venezuela

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. Reyes has performed in the United States, Russia, and throughout South America.

Formed in Venezuela’s National System of Youth Orchestras “El Sistema”, 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 at Boulder. His first recording Incanto: Venezuelan Contemporary Music was released in 2013 by Clear Note Records and is distributed worldwide by Naxos of America.

An avid performer of new music Reyes has premiered flute and chamber compositions by renowned composers in the U.S. and Venezuela. In 2013 Mr. Reyes performed the world premiere of the flute concerto “In the form of a shell” by Chicago-based Costa Rican composer Pablo Chin, commissioned especially for him and the Claremont Concert Orchestra in California. As a member of the Center for New Music in Iowa, he participated in chamber music recitals in the U.S. and Russia and had a solo appearance in the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music (SEAMUS) National Conference. In 2009 he was invited as a performer for the festival CRUMB at 80, an event with Pulitzer prizewinner composer George Crumb.

Reyes joined the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in 2006, and is currently on the faculty at Regis University and Center for Musical Arts. Ysmael has performed as a featured soloist with the Cheyenne Symphony, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Claremont Concert Orchestra, and the Boulder Bach Festival Orchestra in the U.S.; the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony, the National Philharmonic and the Caracas Youth Symphony in Venezuela, and the Society of Symphonic Concerts of São João del Rei in Brazil.

He has been invited as a performer and clinician 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. Reyes received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Arts in Caracas, Venezuela, with Luis Julio Toro and Victor Rojas; his master’s degree from the University of Iowa, with Robert Dick and Tadeu Coelho; and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, studying with Christina Jennings and Alexa Still.

Creative & Professional Work

 Incanto: Contemporary Venezuelan Music. Ysmael Reyes, flute and Susan Olenwine, piano. CD, Clear Note Records, 2013

 World Premiere of “In the Form of a Shell”. Flute Concerto written by Pablo Chin, for Ysmael Reyes and the Claremont Concert Orchestra, in Claremont, California. 

Flute player with Colorado Bach Ensemble, Boulder Bach Festival, Bach Society Houston, and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra.

Research & Scholarship

Community Service & Involvement

• Vice President and Membership Coordinator, Colorado Flue Association, 2011-2015.

 Chair and Coordinator, Colorado Flute Associations' Collegiate Competition, 2013-2014.

 Member of the Brazilian Cultural Organization, Capoeira Canavial, since 2010.