A native of Chile, Gonzalo Cortés was formerly Principal Flute of the Classical Orchestra of Santiago, Chile. He studied with Alberto Harms at the Catholic University of Chile and earned an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University with Robert Langevin, Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic, as his teacher. As a soloist and orchestral musician, he has toured South America and the United States with ensembles such as the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica of Chile, Classical Orchestra of Santiago, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Farmington Valley Chorale, Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, Fargo Symphony and Hartford Pops Band. Gonzalo has also performed at numerous festivals such as the Orford Arts Centre's Academy of Music in Canada, Primer Festival International de Flauta
in Rio de Janeiro, the Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado and Frutillar, Chile, among others. In addition to Cortés' classical training pursuit, he is a proponent of World Music particularly flutes from around the world. He has recorded with the internationally acclaimed Chilean folk group Inti-Illimani as well as the Choral Arts Society of Washington, DC for the Naxos label. In 2006, Gonzalo released his CD, Valle, featuring an amazing collection of original music composed and performed by him. As an educator, Cortés teaches flute at Miss Porter's School and Trinity College (CT). He is founder and Artistic Director of the Atacama Ensemble, Duo Del Sur, and member of the Elqui Trio.