Native Texan, Javier Oviedo started playing the saxophone when he was 11 years old. Motivated by his father to play this dramatic yet affordable instrument, Javier has spent the last 40 years mastering his craft.
Today, he stands as one of the brightest soloist performers of the classical saxophone world. Acclaimed for his lustrous tone, passionate musicianship, and formidable technique, he has kept alive the excitement and versatility of his instrument through his tireless efforts and continuous research.
Javier has a big contribution not only in reviving the old compositions but also in commissioning and premiering dozens of new pieces.
His debut recording, The Classical Saxophone: A French Love Story, features original music for saxophone and orchestra from the 19th and 20th Centuries. The album garnered tremendous acclaim and appreciation from music critics and the public at large. Since then there is no looking back.
During his journey, he has worked with many renowned music artists including Akira Endo, Zdenek Macal, and Mitch Miller. Javier has performed in many cities across the country and around the world.
In 2014, he released two new recordings. And So It Begins…, which highlighted his playing on two tracks and Lazy Afternoon: Salon Music for Classical Saxophone of Byron Bellows, recorded with St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and lead by Maestro Jean-Pierre Schmitt.
In 2019, he recorded Légende by Florent Schmitt with the City of Prague Philharmonic, released on MSR Classics.
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 Philharmonics of Moldova and Russia in Oryol.
An accomplished chamber musician, Mr. Oviedo has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Salle Cortot, and at The United Nations.
Most recently has recorded some amazing pieces of music during the pandemic, for his YouTube channel.
You can also find his music on Amazon, iTunes, and other online platforms.
“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
“In the world of orchestral music, the saxophone […] has enjoyed little respect. But if the impressive playing of Javier Oviedo is any indication, that just might change.” –Chattanooga Times Free Press
“The music is rich, lush, and colorful, and one is tempted to praise repeatedly Oviedo’s gorgeous sound, which ﬁt these pieces perfectly.” –American Record Guide