Javier Valerio (Costa Rica)

Dr. Javier Valerio is a renowned classical saxophonist and a leading figure in Latin America’s saxophone scene. He serves as the current President of the Latin American Saxophone Alliance (ALASAX).
After studying under the world-renowned Eugene Rousseau at Indiana University School of Music, Valerio returned to Costa Rica, where he established the Saxophone Studio as a Distinguished Professor at The University of Costa Rica. He is also the founder and director of the Sax Fest Costa Rica International, the Costa Rica International Saxophone Competition, and the acclaimed saxophone and percussion quintet, SONSAX.
Valerio holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Florida International University and a DMA degree from the University of Kansas. He has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras and concert bands worldwide, including at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, World Saxophone Congresses, and Latin American Saxophone Alliance Congresses. In 2013, Valerio was invited to perform with the KU Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage in New York City.
Aside from his classical work, Valerio has been active in the popular music scene, performing with jazz bands, combos, and Latin ensembles throughout his career. He has also traveled extensively, offering recitals, clinics, master classes, and concerts in numerous countries worldwide, including France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, and the Americas.
Valerio is a Selmer Paris, Rousseau Mouthpieces, BG France, and D’Addario Artist, and has served as a jury member for numerous saxophone international competitions worldwide.