Solo Artist Press Kit

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, from sopranino to bass.  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 Mozart, the music of 20th Century masters such as Elliot Carter, Paul Hindemith, and John Corigliano, plus new pieces written expressly for him. 

He has performed to great praise across the country and around the world. In America, he has been the soloist with orchestras in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Texas.  He toured China, made his South American debut in Argentina, gave a world premiere in Barcelona, appeared with the Orchestre Lamoureux and L’orchestre à cordes d’Ariège in France.  In spring 2011, he was the soloist with the National Orchestra of the Republic of Moldova and later that year, with the State Philharmonic of Oryol in the Russian Federation.

Javier Oviedo

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He made his Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in June, 2013, performing a newly commissioned work, Samsara, for two saxophones and orchestra, by Hélène Rasquier. Rasquier was a student of Maurice Duruflé, and her music has been published, recorded, and played internationally.   Along with the New York performance, Oviedo played the world premiere in Paris, and will play its regional premiere with The Chattanooga Orchestra in January, 2015. Inspired by the success of the piece, Rasquier has composed a new work for him, which will have its world premiere at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, before touring America and Europe.

An accomplished chamber musician, he has performed in recital on many of New York’s most prestigious stages, including Carnegie Hall and The United Nations.  He was an original member of the Elision Saxophone Quartet in his native-born Texas.   The quartet will celebrate its 25th season in 2014. In New York, he was 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.

His 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, the oldest continuing orchestra in Paris, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Schmitt. It was released on the MSR Classics label. In 2014, two more recordings of new works will be released world-wide, including performances with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s. All of his recordings are available on Amazon, ITunes, Barnes & Noble,, and Pandora Internet Radio.

“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

“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