Omar Acosta (Venezuela – Spain)
Omar Acosta is a flautist, composer and arranger, who currently maintain a versatile and multidisciplinary international career of concerts, recitals and workshops, covering the most diverse musical styles.
As a soloist, he has performed in the most important theaters in the world with the groups he leads or with such important institutions as the National Ballet of Spain (flautist and musical director between the years 2012 to 2016).
He has also been with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (gaining the position of flutist at the age of 17), Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra, Zulia Symphony Orchestra, El Salvador Symphony Orchestra, Mérida Symphony Orchestra and the European Symphony Orchestra among others, with which he has premiered his flute concerts as well other composers works.
Collaborated with the Ballet of Antonio Najarro, Nuevo Ballet Español, Los Vivancos, Pura Pasión (Cristóbal Reyes and Joaquín Cortés) and Lola Greco, among many other artists and dance and flamenco companies.
He has shared the stage with artists such as Claudio Arrau, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean Pierre Rampal, Claudi Arimany, Emmanuel Pahud, Montserrat Caballé and Plácido Domingo, to mention some of the most relevant.
In 2016, he was invited as a special guest of William Bennett (Wibb), as composer and flautist to the gala concert at the British Flute Society Festival, to celebrate his 80th birthday, an event in which he performed with great flute players: Denis Bouriakov, Lorna McGhee, Emily Beynon and Alena Lugovkina, at St. John’s Smith Square, London.
In addition to having recorded with many artists, he has 7 CD’s, being the most recent Latitude (2017), with his grouping Omar Acosta Trio.
In his role as a composer he performed the orchestral arrangements of Suite Sevilla (2012), the emblematic work of Rafael Riqueni, original for two guitars, with the choreography of Antonio Najarro.
Among his most outstanding compositions are two suites for flute and string orchestra, with which he toured regularly as a soloist. These pieces recreate two worlds: Venezuela, country where he was born and Spain, nation where he lives, constituting particular styles with an important influence on him. The first of them is the Venezuelan Suite for flute and string orchestra, whose premiere was made by the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra in 1992, and the second and most recent, the Flamenco Suite for flute and string orchestra, done by the Cordes del Mon String Orchestra (Barcelona, 2012).
With these two suites, he regularly performs as a soloist. These pieces recreate two worlds: Venezuela, where he was born, and Spain, his current residence, constituting particular styles that have exerted an important influence on him.
His work Solo de Pajarillo it’s specially relevant because has become one of the Latin American music sheet for single flute most recorded on CD’s and performed worldwide.
Omar shares his concert tours with teaching, offering workshops for flute players and musicians, where he tackles flamenco and other styles of music of the world.
He has written the Concert for cajón flamenco and orchestra (first in the world), released in 2005 by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela).
Omar uses flutes and is an international artist of Guo Musical Instrument Company.