Music Department Faculty and Staff
Adjunct Faculty: Saxophone
One of the brightest soloists of the classical saxophone world, Javier Oviedo is acclaimed for his lustrous tone, passionate musicianship, and formidable technique. He works tirelessly to present the saxophone as a unique, versatile, exciting classical instrument. His continuing research has helped introduce the rich tradition of musical composition for the entire saxophone family. Along with these older works, he has commissioned and premiered a dozen new pieces, both in the United States and abroad. He is especially prized for his eclectic programs, which have such unusual combinations as transcriptions of older masters such as Bach and Debussy, the music of 20th Century masters such as Elliot Carter, Paul Hindemith, and John Corigliano, and new pieces written expressly for him.
Mr. Oviedo has performed to great praise in many cities across the country and around the world, from China to Latin American to many cities in Eastern and Western Europe, including Paris, Barcelona, the Republic of Moldova, and in the Russian Federation. He has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony, the Austin Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony, L'Orchestre Lamoureux, L'Orchestre à cordes d'Ariège in France, and both National Philharmonic of Moldova and the State Philharmonic of Oryol in the Russian Federation.
"Javier Oviedo brought to Oryol, without exaggeration, a triumph of a concert. Many of us for the ﬁrst time in our lives heard, not in jazz but in symphonic form, how unlimited the possibilities of the saxophone are in the hands of a great master..." - Oryol Press An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Oviedo has performed on some of the world's most prestigious stages, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Salle Cortot, and The United Nations. He was an original member of the Elision Saxophone Quartet in his native Texas. He was also a founding member of The F.R.E.D. Chamber Players, which explored new or under-performed chamber music, theater pieces, plays, and art from centuries old and new. Mr. Oviedo enjoys collaborations with artists of other disciplines, in stage works and mixed-media programs, exploring performance opportunities beyond traditional concerts.
His debut recording, The Classical Saxophone: A French Love Story, featured original music for saxophone and orchestra from the 19th and 20th Centuries. The disc received high praise by industry critics and the public at large. The CD was recorded in Paris with the Orchestre Pasdeloup under the direction of Jean-Pierre Schmitt. "The music is rich, lush, and colorful, and one is tempted to praise repeatedly Oviedo's gorgeous sound, which ﬁts these pieces perfectly." -American Record Guide In 2014 Oviedo released two new recordings. And So It Begins..., which features chamber music by New York composer Debra Kaye, highlighted his playing on two tracks. Lazy Afternoon: Salon Music for Classical Saxophone of Byron Bellows, recorded with St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and lead by Maestro Jean-Pierre Schmitt, consisted of material written especially for him. All these recordings are available on Amazon, iTunes, and via Pandora Internet Radio. Mr. Oviedo is a founding member and Executive Director of The Classical Saxophone Project (CSP) (classicalsaxproject.org), a natural extension of his research and performances. An important mandate of CSP is continuing education, where he works with students of all ages to keep classical music, and the saxophone, vital parts of the music world.
Recent and Upcoming Performances: Performed solo recital in Angers, France. (June 2016) Premiered "Of the Burgundy Dream Oil and the Secrets Whispered by the Supermoon Tides" by three-times nominated American composer P. Kellach Waddle at Carnegie Hall. (June 2016) Featured soloist with the State Philharmonic of Oryol in the Russian Federation. (October 2016) Will perform "Domino Effect" by Dr. Jorge Sosa and "Espera" by Frederique Trunk in NYC. (March 2017) Will perform "La Fleur de Cayenne" by Paquito D'Rivera. (June 2017)