Since his debut as a soloist at 18 years old with the Colombia’s National Band, Dr. Javier Andrés Ocampo has emerged as an important figure in the creation, development and promotion of Latin American works for saxophone in different formats and different genres, seeking the genesis throughout cultural and social environment.
Dr. Javier Andrés Ocampo has received a laureate degree at the Conservatorio Antonio María Valencia in Cali, then a scholarship by the French government at the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Bourges (France), and later a Talent Scholarship at the Arizona State University where he studied under the tutelage of the renowned saxophonist and soloist Timothy McAllister, receiving his doctoral degree in Music Performance at this University
Dr. Ocampo has made important recordings, tours and concerts allowing him to have an excellent knowledge of the formats, repertoires, and composers of the current music.
Throughout his career he has also been recognized with first prizes and mentions in national and international saxophone and chamber music competitions in France, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru. These awards have led him to be invited as a soloist in Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Costa Rica, United States, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Peru.
Among his production one can find three albums dedicated to Latin American composers and musicians: Concomitant: Modern Latin American Music for Saxophone (2012), Conciertos Colombianos Vol. 3 Musica Andina para Saxofon (2016) and Ocaruz Dúo: Eu Soy Latino (2017), in addition to approximately 20 pieces that have been written and dedicated to him. Latin American composers and students have found in his performance a window to develop the musical, technical and expressive level of the saxophone in Latin America
He currently conducts the saxophone quartet 4vientos – winners of different prizes in Colombian national competitions. Makes part of the CAOVVA saxophone quartet made of renowned teachers and Colombian saxophonists. He belongs to the OCARUZ DUO with classical marimba and saxophone, and in the popular sphere he makes part of the Cali Big Band and the jazz fusion group Manteca Blue & The Latin Corner.
Dr. Ocampo is currently Dean and saxophone professor at the Antonio María Valencia Conservatory in Cali, director of the INTERNATIONAL SAXOPHONE FESTIVAL BELLAS ARTES CALI, and member of the board of directors of the Latin American association of saxophonists ALASAX. He also performs as a Yamaha and BG artist in Latin America.