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KU music student invited to perform at multiple international events

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Javier Valerio, a KU DMA student studying saxophone performance with Professor Vince Gnojek, was invited to perform as a soloist and lecturer at three international events:

  • IV International Saxophone Encounter of the Conservatory of TatuĂ­, Sao Paolo, Brazil, September 22-25, 2010.
  • Valerio will be featured as the new International Artist of the prestigious saxophone brand P. Mauriat Paris Saxophones, with a concert on October 15, 2010 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • XI International University Saxophone Meeting in Mexico, December 1- 4, 2010.

Valerio is widely recognized as one of the pioneers and leading classical saxophonists in Latin America. After studying with the world known saxophonist, Eugene Rousseau, at Indiana University School of Music, Valerio returned to his home country of Costa Rica and established the saxophone studio where he teaches as an associate professor of the School of Music and acts as director of the instrumental department.

He is founder and Director of the Sax Fest Costa Rica International, the Costa Rica International Saxophone Competition and founder of the renowned saxophone and percussion quintet, SONSAX.

Valerio studied with the jazz saxophonist Gary Campbell, obtaining his masters degree in jazz studies at Florida International University, Miami. He is studying for his DMA in saxophone performance at the University of Kansas under Professor Vince Gnojek.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit music.ku.edu.


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