Javier A. Pinell, DMA
Associate Professor of Violin, Coordinator of String Studies
Javier Pinell is Associate Professor of Violin and chairperson of the String Studies Area at Sam Houston State University. With a broad teaching experience he also served on the violin faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan for eleven summers.
As a recipient of the prestigious Theodor Presser Award, Dr. Pinell has done pioneer research on compositions for the violin by contemporary Bolivian composers. The release of the groundbreaking compact disc recording Bolivia: The Unknown Sounds in 1998, which includes much of this newly discovered repertoire, was recognized by the Ministry of Education of the Bolivian Government. Other scholarly endeavors include the recording of works by German composers Felix Draeseke and Arnold Krug (2005). A first of its kind, this historical recording was made using the originally intended type of string instruments; a matching set of violins, viola, violotta, cello, and cellone designed by physicist Alfred Stelzner.
As a performer he has traveled extensively including appearances with orchestras in Bolivia, Venezuela, Japan, Germany, Luxemburg, Peru, and throughout the U.S. As a chamber musician, Dr. Pinell is a founding member of the Lindsayan String Quartet, an ensemble that held two prestigious residencies in Kentucky (Western Kentucky University, 1995-1997) and Texas (Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale 1998-2002). Recent international chamber music concerts include appearances in the German cities of Manheim, Heidelberg, Markneukirchen, Speyer, and Coburg; Ebensee, Austria; Shanghai, China; and the Bolivian cities of La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Sucre, and El Alto. Appearances at festivals include the Echternach Festival in Luxembourg, the Mosel Musikfestival in Germany, the Festival Internacional de la Cultura in Sucre, Bolivia, the Festival Internacional de música COFES in Bolivia, the Festival de Música deTrujillo in Peru, among others. In addition, he represented Bolivia in the World Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli) in Tokyo, Japan; and in the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas (José Antonio Abreu), Venezuela.
Dr. Pinell has been actively involved in collaborating with developing music programs in Latin America. He was recently in in Leon, Mexico (January 2011) in association with the program "Música, Esperanza de Vida," Music, Hope for Life Cuenca, in Ecuador (May 2009) teaching and performing in association with the FROM-A Conservatory (Fronteras Musicales Abiertas, Open Musical Frontiers); and in Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and El Alto, Bolivia (August 2010) in association with the Plan 3000 Orchestra, the Laredo Institute, and the El Alto Municipal Orchestra. In March of 2007, Dr. Pinell was largely responsible for bringing the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, 75 musicians, to the Bolivian cities of La Paz and El Alto as part of a cultural exchange project with the El Alto Municipal Youth Orchestra. This trip included historical concerts of both orchestras performing jointly in the ancient ruins of Tiwanaku (in the Andean high plateau), and the town of Viacha.
Among Dr. Pinell's students are winners and finalists in prestigious concerto competitions including the Interlochen Concerto Competition, The National Young Artists Competition (Texas), and the Dorothy Jacoby Concerto Competition (Wyoming).
Principal teachers include Karen Clarke, Eliot Chapo, Hal Grossman, Emmanuelle Boisvert, Geoffrey Applegate and Peter Michalica. Degrees: DM Florida State University (1999), MM Miami University, Ohio (1992), BM Wayne State University (1989).