Dr. Daniel Pardo (Houston, Texas) is an Assistant Professor of Flute at Prairie View A&M University and regularly works as a studio musician in orchestral and commercial settings, fusing Western Classical traditions with ethnic sounds and technology. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Pardo’s performer/producer roles have led to unique collaborations in recordings and tours with producers and artists in Los Angeles, Nashville, Madrid, and London. As principal flute, Pardo recorded the 50-year commemoration CD of West Side Story for the Bernstein Estate and The Children of Eden for Stephen Schwartz.
Pardo won the 2016 U.N.T. Sherman-Barsanti Inspiration Award, a competition honoring creativity with a $10,000 prize for his innovative World Fusion arrangements/performances with his group, From A Far Away. In addition to earning national leadership awards in Colombia and the U.S., Pardo has received recognition for his contributions to the U.S. military music program with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Colonel George Howard Citation of Musical Excellence.
Pardo holds music performance degrees from Texas State University (B.M.) and the University of North Texas (M.M. and D.M.A.) and music business and production certificates from the Berklee College of Music. Pardo’s principal mentors include Fabio Londoño, Greg Patillo, Pedro Eustache, Adah Jones, and Mary Karen Clardy.
Pardo serves as an adjudicator for local and national flute competitions. He is the coordinator for the Houston Flute Club Young Artist Competition and the Frances Blaisdell Scholarship Competition for the National Flute Association (U.S.A.). Aside from recording flutes, Pardo works from his studio as a mixing and mastering engineer for choirs, big bands, and orchestral projects in the U.S. and Europe.
Daniel Pardo is a Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician.