Steven Palacio, bassoon
Dynamic Colombian-American bassoonist Steven Palacio invites audiences to reimagine the classical music concert experience through energetic presentations of the instrumental repertoire, thought-provoking lectures, and experimentation with cross-genre programming. Mr. Palacio is committed to bringing the works of living composers to life with the commissioning of solo and chamber music works. A champion of new music, he has performed 15 world premieres this season alone including Pixie by Trey Makler; a joint commission with the New York City Ballet for the New York Choreographic Institute. He has performed with the League of Composers Orchestra and is a member AXIOM, a new music ensemble that is devoted to performing masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. This season, AXIOM will be working with Steve Reich on a performance of Tehillim (1981) that will be featured in a documentary for the BBC.
Mr. Palacio has a love for understanding operational structures of nonprofit organization. This interest manifested itself into an invitation to participate in the Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard exchange program. This opportunity has allowed Mr. Palacio to increase his knowledge of non-profit management through courses in finance, fundraising, and board governance at the Columbia School of Professional Studies. He has previously worked at the Interlochen Center for the Arts as Orchestra Manager for the Interlochen Philharmonic in 2016, the Aspen Music Festival and School as the Assistant Orchestra Manager for the Aspen Conducting Academy in 2017, and Orchestra Manager for the Aspen Chamber Symphony in 2018.
Mr. Palacio holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School under the direction of Kim Laskowski. He holds an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada) under Frank Morelli, a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and a Bachelor of Music with honors from The Florida State University under the direction of Jeffrey Keesecker.