Gabriel Piqué

Featured Soloist and Rising Star

Gabriel Piqué is an assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Performing Arts.

As a soloist and active performer, Piqué has presented concerts all over the world, including: Las Vegas, Croatia, Moscow, Strasbourg, Beijing, Shanghai and Thailand.

In 2020, he was the featured concerto soloist at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference in Tempe, AZ and was named first prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition in 2016.

He is the baritone saxophonist of the award-winning Fuego Quartet, which was the gold medal winner of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Fuego Quartet recently released its debut album, "Migration," through the Parma Recordings label. Piqué also plays alto in the critically acclaimed touring saxophone sextet, The Moanin’ Frogs. In 2018, Gabriel established the University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble. As director he has arranged and premiered numerous original transcriptions for large saxophone ensemble at the North American Saxophone Alliance regional conference.

Piqué has studied jazz saxophone with Dave D’Angelo of the Buddy Rich Orchestra and Ron Bridgewater of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. His primary classical teachers have included Debra Richtmeyer, Chien-Kwan Lin and Connie Frigo. Piqué is a Vandoren Artist.

Among his numerous academic and merit-based awards, Piqué has been named a Presser Scholar and is a recipient of Eastman’s prestigious performer’s certificate.

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