Javier Oviedo

About: Javier Oviedo

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  • Role : Winds, Brass, & Percussion
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  • Specialist in : Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Recorder

Instrument you teach: Woodwinds

Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? A little piano (but only in private!)


Master of Music – Saxophone Performance (University of Texas at Austin)

PSD – Mannes College

Where are you from? San Antonio, TX

Favorite age group to teach: Any

Favorite style of music to teach: I use classical repertoire, but I’m open to other styles!

Favorite song: Anything by Queen or Fleetwood Mac

Favorite piece of music: Currently? Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel

Favorite food: Anything French!

Favorite color: Dark Blue

Do you have a pet? (Describe them) I had a cat, but he died. He had a good, long life! I brought him from Texas.

What’s your favorite musical memory? Walking out on the stage in Orel, Russia to an audience of 1,000! Amazing! (They came for me!)

What do you like best about teaching music? I love when I see the satisfied look on someone’s face that they got it. They understand something, even small.

What is your favorite composer or musician? Not fair! So many!

What is the first piece of music you ever learned? Fandango (but I can’t remember who composed it.) I played it for our spring concert. I was twelve and soooooo nervous!

How many hours a day do you practice? I try to get at least two hours per day, even weekends.

Accomplishments: I have been the featured soloist for many orchestras and ensembles here and around the world, including New York, Texas, Colorado, France, Spain, Russia, Moldova, and China. In 2008, I recorded my first solo recording with orchestra with Orchestre Pasdeloup in Paris. The CD won much acclaim by the press! I am the president of The Classical Saxophone Project, Inc., which promotes the saxophone in the “classical” genre. Since 2007, we’ve not only re-discovered lost and forgotten gems of the literature but have premiered many new works by contemporary composers around the world.

Fun Facts: I’m addicted to Mahjong!