Join Dr. Laura Bennett Cameron, bassoon, and Gabriel, Sanchez, piano for an evening of bassoon music. Works from baroque to the present will be featured: Fasch, Saint-Saëns, Brandon, and Devienne.
The performance will be held in Irons Recital Hall, FA105, located in the South Section of the Fine Arts Building. Doors open approximately 15 minutes before the performance time. Please be aware, no food or drink, aside from bottled water, is allowed in the recital hall. Event parking is available on the lower level of the West Campus Garage located at 804 UTA Blvd. Visitors should pre-pay for parking at the pay station located near the elevators on the first floor. ADA parking is available in the West Campus Garage and at the meters on Nedderman Drive in front of Texas Hall.
LAURA BENNETT CAMERON is principal bassoon of the Dallas Winds, and Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Chamber Music at the University of Texas-Arlington. She is an in-demand soloist for recitals and concertos in the United States and Europe, and completed a concerto tour in Italy in January of 2020. A champion of the works of Roger Boutry, she has published the largest body of research on the composer in English. Her debut CD, "French Masterworks for Bassoon and Piano" (Indesens Classique, 2016) with the composer at the piano, has been praised as "virtuosic, lyrical, and engagingly musical." Her second CD with Boutry, “Encounters,” is expected out in early 2020. Laura has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, and the Boston Philharmonic, among others. Bennett Cameron holds a Doctor of Music from Indiana University (William Ludwig), a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory (Richard Svoboda), and a Bachelor of Music from West Texas A&M University (Tina Carpenter).
GABRIEL SANCHEZ was a top prize winner in the 1997 Casablanca International Piano Competition in Morocco and is a laureate of other international competitions, including the Marguerite Long in Paris (France), the Gina Bachauer in Salt Lake City (USA), and the Paloma O' Shea in Santander (Spain). He has performed throughout the United States and internationally in recital and as soloist with orchestra, including performances at Pianofest in the Hamptons, New York, with the Dallas Symphony under Kerry-Lynn Wilson and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco and the Irving Symphony under Hector Guzman.
Robert Carlos Contreras Roman, Mexican music critic, wrote that Sanchez performed with "gran passion y
expresividad estilistica." In London, he performed at the Royal Academy of Music, in Paris at the Salle Gaveau, in Santander, Spain at the Palacio de Festivales, in Casablanca, Morocco at the Salle de l'Office des Changes, and in the Dominican Republic with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional. In Thessaloniki, Greece, he performed a solo recital to benefit Lions Club International.
He studied at London's Royal Academy of Music under a full scholarship and continued his studies at the University of North Texas under his beloved teacher and mentor, Vladimir Viardo, 1973 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist. Sánchez is in high demand as a collaborative pianist and has partnered in recitals with Stanislav Katenin (principal bassoon, National Philharmonic of Russia), Gordon Hunt (principal oboe, Philharmonia Orchestra, London), Jacques Zoon (former Principal Flute, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam), Mark Nuccio (Associate Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic) and Paul Edmond Davies (former Principal Flute, London Symphony Orchestra), as well as world-renowned artists Gary Schocker, Alexa Still, Marco Granados, Thomas Robertello, Rolf Smedvig, Ian Clarke, Mike Mower and Jean Ferrandis.
Recent MSR CD releases, all received with critical acclaim, include Ballade, Works for Flute and Piano (with Kara Kirkendoll Welch, flutist), Scree (with Elena Yarritu, flutist) and Rêver en Couleurs (with Lisa Garner Santa, flutist). Recent reviews include: Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News, "Sánchez dispatched [the Nielsen Flute Concerto piano reduction] with such èlan that it sounded utterly idiomatic," Carla Rees, Music Web International, "[he] plays with wonderful sensitivity," and American Record Guide, "…Sánchez is superb."
Mr. Sánchez is also a dedicated educator. He taught piano, music history, music theory and accompanying at the celebrated Booker T. Washington High School for the Arts in Dallas from 1996-2003. Since then, he has maintained a select private piano studio and has been involved with DSO educational outreach programs, and served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado.