Prior to moving from Argentina to the United States at age 11, junior bassoon performance major, Alex Amsel had very little exposure to the fine arts. Once in school in the U.S., Alex auditioned to play the saxophone. However, the band directors assigned him to the clarinet. After bothering his director about switching to another instrument one time too many, Alex was introduced to the bassoon.
“They showed me this thing. I had no idea what it was,” he said. “I was going to be the only one playing it, and that was pretty cool. From the first downbeat, I knew I loved it. It was perfect for me.”
When it was time for Alex to choose a university, he was astonished while reading through the list of faculty at UT.
“I remember growing up in Houston and studying music and thinking how incredible a chance it would be to be able to study with these names of people I had been listening to on CDs and admiring ever since I began my musical career,” he said. “I looked at the list of teachers, and I just couldn’t believe it!”
Upon graduation, Alex hopes to return to Argentina and share the world of classical music with children there.
“In Venezuela, they have the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra,” Alex said. “They take these poor children and turn them into world-class musicians! It would be really amazing to give something like that to Argentina.”
Until them, Alex is looking forward to the year ahead.
“I think this next year is a really promising year with The Joffrey Ballet: Rite of Spring and everything else going on,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing where UT can take me!”