B i o g r a p h y

Darío Portillo is a Mexican flute player born in 1994.


Since September 2017 he is the Principal Flute of the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, the orchestra of the Theater Krefeld / Mönchengladbach in Germany.


He starts learning his instrument at the age of 6 with his father Guillermo Portillo.

At the age of 16, he began his professional studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot with the Prof. Pierre-Yves Artaud until 2014 thanks to the grants offered by Zaleski and Jousset foundations, obtaining all the diplomas with the best mentions, in particular the highest  “Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste”.


In 2013 he is admitted to the Conservatoire National de Paris where he studied bachelor with Professor Philippe Bernold and Professor Florence Souchard- Delépine.

Since 2016 he is in the Masters program with Prof. Davide Formisano in the Stuttgart Musikhochschule.


He takes part of several flute competitions, of which he gets in 2011 the 1st prize in the National Flute Competition of Mexico “Ruben Islas” and in 2013 the 1st prize in The “Andalucía Flauta” International flute competition in Spain. The same year he becomes a scholarship holder of the National Foundation for the Culture and Arts (FONCA) of the Mexican government.


He plays regularly as a soloist with the Michoacán Symphony Orchestra (the city where he comes from) and in several concert halls around Mexico as well.

As an orchestra musician, he has also performed with several famous conductors such as Valery Gergiev, David Zinman, Mathias Pintscher, John Axelrod, Jonathan Darlington, mainly with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (Japan), the Orchestre Français des Jeunes (France, Italy, Germany), the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Stuttgart Staatstheater.


He plays regularly chamber music concerts (Mexico, France, Germany, Russia, Spain).

His repertoire goes from baroque music to contemporary music: he is interested in creation of new pieces and improvisation.