Alex Rosales Garcia, Mexican-born and San Francisco raised, is a bassoonist living in Los Angeles, California. An active musician in Southern California and Nevada, Alex has performed with various groups including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, WildUp, New West Symphony, Brevard Music Center Orchestra and Southeast Symphony. While in college, Alex held positions of Principal Bassoon with the Debut Orchestra from 2013 to 2016 and has been acting Principal Bassoon with Southeast Symphony since 2014. In 2015, Alex won the position of Second Bassoon with Las Vegas Philharmonic and received tenure in 2017. Beginning in 2018, he has also taken the role of Acting Principal Bassoon with Las Vegas Philharmonic. Alex has played under many notable conductors including JoAnn Falletta, Gustavo Dudamel, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Anthony Parnthner, Bramwell Tovey, Carl St. Clair, Keith Lockhart, Andrew Manze, Christoph König and Matthias Bamert. Aside from orchestral performances, he can also be heard in various soundtracks for movies and shows with FOX, Sony and Warner Bros. He has also shared the stage at the Hollywood Bowl with Omara Portuondo—singer with Buena Vista Social Club- and Venezuelan salsa legend Oscar D’Leon.
Along with the other members of his sextet, Cardinal Winds, Alex was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2015 Plowman Chamber Music Competition held in Columbia, Missouri. That same year they were also named semi-finalists in the Fischoff Chamber Competition and finalists at the Coleman Chamber Competition. The group was also honored with a Max H. Gluck fellowship and performed various community engagement concerts on a weekly basis within underserved communities in greater Los Angeles. Recently, Alex co-founded Together in Music (TIM)—a Latin-american chamber music collective dedicated to sending non-perishable food and medicine donations to the neediest communities in Venezuela. TIM has since received an award from the Center for Cultural Innovation and an mPower Grant from the Sphinx Organization for its work in helping other communities.
A passionate educator, Alex is also an acclaimed international teaching artists for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s signature ‘El Sistema’ program – YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) He was the principal bassoon instructor, musicianship teacher and chamber music coach at the EXPO site (South Los Angeles) for 5 years and Double Reed specialist at the HOLA site (Rampart District) since 2017. Furthermore, he has held the positions of Double Reed instructor with the National Take A Stand Festival (YOLA National Festival)--a top-tier national youth orchestra for El Sistema-inspired programs across the United States. Alex was also chosen by the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation as an international teaching artist where he worked with other students from Mexico and Canada in intensive 4-day workshop based in Mexico City. Recently, he traveled to Korea where he worked with El Sistema Korea students in Seoul in a cultural/musical exchange with YOLA students. Alex also maintains a vibrant and active bassoon studio and is proud of his many students who have won positions in local youth orchestras and obtained full-ride scholarships to various music schools.
Alex received a double Bachelor in Political Science: American Government and Bachelor of Music: Bassoon Performance degree from the University of California, Irvine. While at UC Irvine, Alex studied with Pacific Symphony bassoonist Elliott Moreau and performed with Christopher O’Riley at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in a show based of his famous “From The Top” radio program. He received his Master of Music in Bassoon Performance at the University of Southern California’s Flora L. Thornton School of Music under the tutelage of Los Angeles Philharmonic bassoonist, Shawn Mouser. While at USC, Alex received various awards, including “Most Outstanding Wind Ensemble Musician” (2013) and “Most Outstanding Chamber Musician” (2015). He also won the USC Scholarship Woodwind Quintet position in 2012 and 2013, and has performed with various campus groups.
In his free time, Alex enjoys reading, drinking extra añejo Tequila, dancing salsa and binge-watching Netflix documentaries. ☺