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Nacho Gascon

Nacho Gascon is a saxophonist that understands the classical tradition of his instrument while exploring the new and endless ways of expression that such a versatile instrument is able to develop. Born in Alicante, Spain, Gascon Nacho left early to study at the prestigious University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he was able to enjoy the rich musical environment of this city. During this time he was involved in various movie recordings and debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl at the early age of 22. At the same time, he received numerous awards and honors such as being the winner of the Yamaha Young Artist, USC Concerto Competition and a finalist in the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition. He was also awarded with the first fellowship created for a saxophonist in the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado. His main teachers have been Doug Masek and James Rotter also attending master classes from Daniel Deffayet, Serge Bichon, Claude Delangle, Nobuya Sugawa and Arno Bornkamp.

With a very extensive orchestral experience, Nacho Gascón has collaborated with conductors and composers like John Williams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mstislav Rostropovich, John Adams, Eiji Oue, David Robertson, Diego Masson, Michael Stern, Lawrence Foster, Leonard Slatkin and has premiered works by composers such as Arnau Bataller, Bear McCreary, Robert Linn, Berthold Tüercke, Jesus Rodriguez Picó and HK Gruber, playing with bands like The Furious Band, 216 and the Ensemble Barcelona Nova Música Barcelona and orchestras such as Los Angeles Philharmonic, New West Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta Pablo Sarasate in Pamplona, the orchestra of the Gran Teatro Liceo, Cadaques Orchestra and the OBC.

Currently, Nacho Gascón combines his solo and quartet carrer, performing with Sax 3+1, with teaching at the Escola superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona www.esmuc.cat where he teaches saxophone and chamber music. Nacho Gascón plays Selmer SIII Saxophones and Rico Reserve reeds.