Alejandro Oliván is a Spanish saxophonist mainly specialized in contemporary classical music. The opportunity to work with composers and being part of the creative process of new music is an essential ingredient in his career. This passion for taking part in the development of the new music has brought him to work in collaboration with young and well-known composers such as Georges Aperghis, Peter Eötvös, Germán Toro Pérez, Florian Bogner, Marcelo F. Lazcano, Bethany Younge, Ruud Roeflasen, Santiago Díaz Fischer or Sam Scranton amongst others. He has participated in important festivals such as the “DARMSTADT INTERNATIONALE FERIENKURSE FÜR NEUE MUSIK" 2014 and 2016 (GERMANY)”, the "ZEIT RÄUME BASEL 2015", the "TAGER NEUER MUSIK IN WEIMAR 2015", the "OUTEAR SERIES" in Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago (USA) 2017, the "NULL POINT SERIES" in Buffalo (USA) or the "NO HAY BANDA SERIES" in Montreal (Canada). He has collaborated with important ensembles and orchestras such as the Kammerorchester Basel, LFA (Lucerne Festival Academy), SJSO (Young orchestra of Switzerland), ORCAM (Orquesta de la comunidad de Madrid), Ensemble Collegium Novum, Ensemble Lemniscate or Ensemble Zone Expèrimentale. As a multifaceted performer, he plays in different settings; as a soloist, in chamber groups, in orchestra and ensembles.
Born in 1992, in Huesca (Spain), Alejandro studied saxophone with David Ruiz in the Professional Conservatory of Music in Huesca. In 2014 he completed the Bachelor Studies in the Superior Conservatory of Castilla y León with the teacher Andrés Gomis. In 2016 he graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Basel with a Masters in Performance, studying under the Professor Marcus Weiss and in 2018 he graduated with a Master in music pedagogy in the same university.
He has won prizes such as the 1st prize at the "BASLER ORCHESTER GESELLSCHAFT WETTBEWERB" in Basel, the 1st prize at "JUVENTUDES MUSICALES DE ÁVILA CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION", the 2nd prize at the "KIEFER HABLITZEL WETTBEWERB" in Bern, a 2nd prize at the "INTERNATIONAL SAXOPHONE COMPETITION EXIGENTIA" (ITALY), the 2nd prize at the "11th Concours du Jura" or a prize at the "NICATI CONCOURS LAUSANNE". He has been sponsored by the Lyra Stiftung, Doms Stiftung, Musik Akademie Basel, the Förberg-Schneider Stiftung and the Hirschmann Stiftung. His performances have been broadcasted by SFR (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen). He has played under the button of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Peter Eötvös, Matthias Pintscher or Emilio Pomárico.
Interested in new chamber music, he is member of Égaré Saxophone Quartet and Gyre ensemble (Saxophone, Accordeon, Percussion). With these groups he collaborates regularly with young composers around the world creating a new repertory for these very different ensembles.