Oscar Salazar, Timpanist and Section Percussionist, Queretaro State Philharmonic Orchestra

Oscar Salazar
Timpanist and Section Percussionist, Queretaro State Philharmonic Orchestra

OSCAR SALAZAR was appointed to the percussion section of the Queretaro State Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000, and in 2002 was promoted to position of Timpanist. Mr. Salazar received his bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance from the Mexico State Conservatory of Music, where he graduated with an Honorable Mention. His instructor, and guide during his artistic education was Professor Jose Luis Barquera G. Percussionist with the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra.

In 2005, Oscar was awarded a state grant by the State Circuit of Culture and Arts, which he used to sponsor Marimba concerts throughout the state of Queretaro. His enthusiasm and passion for jazz, led him to form "The Small Band" in February of 2006 where he performs on the vibraphone. The Small Band has performed in many important cultural festivals in the state of Queretaro, as well as in other status throughout Mexico. In 2006, Oscar received a state grant through the Artistic Production Support Program of the Cultural and Artistic Institute of Queretaro, with which he created a series of arrangements of Mexican music, and supports Mexican composers by offering a series of marimba concerts featuring great Mexican composers, who have enriched Mexican culture and left a powerful musical legacy.

Mr. Salazar has participated in summer workshops and masterclasses in different educational institutions such as Daniel Druckman and Anthony González (Juilliard School of Music); Vadim Karpinos, James Ross and Cynthia Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra); Christopher Lamb, Roland Kohloff and Markus Rhoten (New York Philharmonic); John Tafoya (Indiana University); Christopher Deviney and Don Liuzzi (Philadelphia Orchestra); Tom Sherwood (Atlanta Symphony); and Mark Damoulakis and Paul Yancich (Cleveland Orchestra).

"With Love to Mexico"
"One Decade of Concerts"
"La Pequeña Banda Latin Jazz Quartet"


"When you play in an Orchestra, the greatest challenge is to project the notes on the page to the audience.  With JGpercussion mallets, I am able to produce a wide range of sounds, to extend my musical possibilities." - Oscar Salazar

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