Bassoonist Ernesto Balarezo is one of the newest bassoon voices in New York City. He has performed in well known venues around the world under conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Seiji Osawa and Claudio Abbado. As a former member of "El Sistema" he has crafted special attention into the details that makes music a sublime way to express an idea with a meaningful impact to an individual or a community. He has been invited as a Faculty member for music festivals in Washington D.C., Ecuador and Guatemala. He has also been invited as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and the National Music University in Lima, Peru.
Ernesto is a dedicated and active member of the academic and popular music scene in New York and Miami. As a popular musician, he has shared the stage with artists like The Beach Boys (with John Stamos on the drums,) Lenny Pickett (SNL music director) or Tom “Bones” Malone (The Blues Brothers.) He is an avid impro performer at the jam sessions in Manhattan, Queens and Wynwood (Miami.) The realm of music genres he performs include Funk, Latin Jazz, Rock, Pop and World Music. He is also a member of The Deep Roots Ensemble, which is a chamber music group focused on the standards of bluegrass, western swing and country music traditions. You can listen to the bluegrass bassoon in their “Hard Tellin’” 2020 album on Apple Music and Spotify. As a member of the Baroque Ensemble at SUNY Stony Brook, under the direction of internationally renowned harpsichordist Arthur Haas, Ernesto has performed at the highest standards of Baroque music.
On June 2019, Ernesto was selected as a finalist for the OneWorld Symphonic Festival concerto competition in DC. He is graduating this semester from the Doctoral program at the State University of New York - Stony Brook, with Dr. Frank Morelli. He currently works as an educator for the outreach program “IPZ” at The Staller Center for the Arts and keep a busy schedule with private students and the freelancing opportunities in NYC. When he is not doing anything related to music or education, Ernesto loves to explore worldwide gastronomy and go on hikes in Long Island or upstate.