Ignacio Gascón
Saxophone
Nacho Gascón has won several prizes and awards such as the Yamaha Young Artist, the USC concerto Competition and the first fellowship ever awarded to a classical saxophonist at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. He has also been a finalist for the 1997 New York Concert Artist Guild Competition held in Lincoln Center and the 1999 Saint Louis Symphony Competition With  extensive experience in symphonic and chamber music performance, Nacho Gascón has collaborated with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mstislav Rostropovich, John Adams, Eiji Oue, David Robertson and Lawrence Foster. He has also premiered works by composers such as Arnau Bataller, Robert Linn, Berthold Tuerke and H.K. Gruber. He has also joined chamber groups such as the Furious Band, Barcelona 216 and the Ensemble Barcelona Nova Música, and performed with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New West Symphony, the Philarmonie der Nationen and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.  Nacho Gascón plays soprano saxophone as a member of the Sax 3 mes 1 saxophone quartet. Together with guitarist Sadahiro Otani, Nacho Gascón founded the sax-guitar duo Solo2.  Nacho Gascón has been a saxophone professor at Pomona College and an assistant teacher at the University of Southern California. In 2001 he joined the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya where he teaches saxophone and chamber music. In 2009 he also joined the team at Escola Luthier d’Arts Musical where he teaches a post graduate degree  in saxophone performance. Nacho Gascón is a Rico reeds and accessories endorser artist.