Javier Valerio, a doctoral student studying saxophone performance with Professor Vince Gnojek, recently announced his upcoming spring and summer activities.
Valerio will give a presentation entitled "Saxophone Music in Latin America" with guest Holly Page on piano on Thursday, April 21 at 12:00 pm in room 318 Bailey Hall, sponsored by the KU Center of Latin American Studies. He will follow that up with a doctoral recital on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30pm in Swarthout Recital Hall where he will premiere two new alto saxophone compositions written by Latin American composers. These events are free to the public.
Valerio is the Executive Director and founder of Sax Fest Costa Rica International. He will organize the festival this year, taking place June 1-4, and featuring Professor Vince Gnojek and pianist Holly Page. World famous saxophonist Eugene Rousseau will also make an appearance at the festival, and Valerio will perform concerts at the festival.
From June 27-30 Valerio will perform as an international guest soloist at the Encounter International Saxophone event in Bolivia. He will premiere a concertino for saxophone and symphony orchestra that was dedicated to him by the Costa Rican composer Allen Torres. July 3-8 Valerio will then travel to Peru to perform as an international guest at the Encounter International Saxophone event. He will perform a concertino for saxophone and orchestra dedicated to him by composer Luis Diego Herra (dean of the University of Costa Rica School of Music).
Javier Valerio is widely recognized as one of the pioneers and leading classical saxophonist in Latin America. After graduating in 1993 at Indiana University School of Music, Valerio returned to his home country, Costa Rica, and re-established the saxophone program. He became the first Costa Rican to obtain a university degree in saxophone in the Latin America area. Since 1994, he has been teaching as an associate professor of the School of Music at University of Costa Rica. He is founder and Director of the Sax Fest Costa Rica International, the organizer of the future ALASAX (Latin American Saxophone Alliance) and founder and member of the renowned saxophone and percussion quintet, SONSAX. Valerio obtained his master's degree in jazz studies at Florida International University, Miami, Florida. He was also an adjunct professor of the classical saxophone studio at FIU, the New World School of the Arts in Miami, and a member of the Florida Saxophone Quartet. Valerio is currently working in his DMA degree at the University of Kansas, as part of the KU-UCR partnership initiated in 1958, where he studies saxophone with the distinguished professor, Vince Gnojek.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. Visit us at www.music.ku.edu.