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SALVADOR FLORES is an emerging young artist and saxophonist from Houston, TX. His performances have taken him from venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Hill Auditorium, and the New World Center, to concert engagements in the United States, Switzerland, Belgium, and Mexico. 


Salvador has garnered many prestigious awards over the course of his career, including most recently being named the second saxophonist to ever receive the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance's most distinguished performance award, the Albert A. Stanley Medal. He has also been named both the 1st Prize Winner of the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Classical Solo Competition and a 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artist. Some of his other achievements include being named the winner of the 2020 University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance Concerto Competition, the 2020 National Collegiate Solo Competition hosted by the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own", the 2019 Bonnie and Lee Malmed Young Artists Competition, and the First Prize Winner of the 59th Annual Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. He was also named a semifinalist in the 2019 Adolphe Sax International Competition, which is among the most selective and prestigious competitions for saxophonists around the world. In 2017, Salvador was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, earning him an invitation to the White House and performances in Washington D.C.


Salvador’s solo career has taken him to stages alongside many ensembles, including the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra, the Interlochen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Camerata, and the Galena Park High School Wind Ensemble. He has also appeared as a virtual soloist on the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" on their 2020/21 Concert Season. Most recently, he performed Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra on their 2020/21 Concert Season under the baton of Kenneth Kiesler.


An avid and active chamber musician, Salvador currently serves as the Soprano Chair of the Aero Quartet. The quartet has been named the recipient of many prestigious awards, most notably a Gold Medallist and 1st Prize Winner of the 2021 Fischoff International Chamber Music 

Competition. They have also been named the 1st Prize Winners of the 2021 Briggs Chamber Music Competition, the 2021 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, and the 2021 NOLA Chamber Fest Graduate Competition. The quartet has performed and given masterclasses at various universities, including the University of Michigan, Notre Dame University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, and Thiel College. They have also presented a recital at the Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist in Chicago, which was broadcast live on the Classical 98.7 WFMT radio station. Advocates for new music and collaboration, Aero Quartet has frequently worked with many composers and artists. Some of the composers they have worked with include Jennifer Higdon, Gala Flagello, and Brett L. Wery. They have also collaborated and performed alongside jazz saxophonist Arun Luthra, who currently teaches at the Mannes School of Music in NYC.


A multi-disciplined saxophonist, Salvador also performs in the Regional Mexican style with bands generally following the instrumentation of Voice, Saxophone, Accordion, Bajo Sexto, Bass Guitar, and Drum Set.  He has toured with many musical artists and groups, including Kikin y Los Astros and Conjunto Azabache, as well as many other local bands in the Houston area. During the Summer of 2019, he toured with another notable band that goes by the name of La Firmeza Norteña. They played various sold-out concerts across the United States in cities such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and Chicago. He has also produced and recorded an album with the group, who currently exceeds 4 Million streams on platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.


Salvador is currently pursuing both an M.M. in Saxophone Performance and an M.M. in Improvisation at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor under the direction of saxophonists Dr. Timothy McAllister and Andrew Bishop.