Gabriel Pique headshot

Assistant Professor
M.M., Eastman School of Music

Gabriel Piqué

Gabriel Pique headshotAssistant Professor of Saxophone & Jazz Studies

M.M. in performance and literature, Eastman School of Music
B.M. in music performance, University of Georgia

Gabriel Piqué holds degrees in saxophone performance from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Georgia. He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Illinois. Among Piqué’s numerous academic and merit-based awards, he has been named a Presser Scholar and is recipient of Eastman’s prestigious performer’s certificate. He is a graduate college fellow at the University of Illinois.

As a soloist and active performer, Piqué has presented concerts all over the world, including in Las Vegas, Croatia, Moscow, Strasbourg, Beijing, Shanghai and Thailand. In 2016 he was named first prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition. He is the baritone saxophonist of the award-winning Fuego Quartet, which was the gold medal winner of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Fuego Quartet recently released its debut album, "Migration," through the Parma Recordings label. Piqué also plays alto in the critically acclaimed touring saxophone sextet, The Moanin’ Frogs. In 2018, Gabriel established the University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble. As director he has arranged and premiered numerous original transcriptions for large saxophone ensemble at the North American Saxophone Alliance regional conference.

Piqué has studied jazz saxophone with Dave D’Angelo of the Buddy Rich Orchestra and Ron Bridgewater of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. His primary classical teachers have included Debra Richtmeyer, Chien-Kwan Lin and Connie Frigo. Piqué is a Vandoren Artist.