Meet the Guest Artist: Lia Uribe

Lia Uribe, bassoon, will be performing the world premiere of Noam Faingold’s new work, “Impressions of Manuela Saenz,” Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra with the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra’s concert “Finding Home: Impressions on Where We Belong” on Sunday, October 7th at 2 pm at the Stafford Center.


Lia Uribe is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Arkansas, and Principal Bassoonist of SoNA (Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas) and APO (Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra). Dr. Uribe maintains an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and artist-teacher. Her international work includes venues and festivals in Colombia, Canada, Spain, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Ecuador, Greece, Puerto Rico, Japan, as well as multiple venues in the United States. Dr. Uribe performs and tours on regular basis with the Lyrique Quintette, woodwind quintet in residence at the University of Arkansas. Her research interest is centered on Latin-American and Latinx music and composers, in addition to inclusiveness and diversity in the arts.

An advocate for new music, Lia Uribe has premiered and commissioned new works for the bassoon, including pieces by Colombian composers Jorge Humberto Pinzon, Johann Hasler, and Leonardo Idrobo; American composers Robert Mueller, Joe Alexander, Bill Douglas and John Steinmentz; Japanese composer Miho Sasaki; Uruguayan-American composer Miguel del Aguila; and Venezuelan composer Adina Izarra. Dr. Uribe recently joined a consortium commission for a new concerto for bassoon and orchestral winds/percussion by Nico Muhly, that will be premiered with the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Chris Knighten in 2019.

Originally from Cali, Colombia, Lia Uribe earned a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, followed by an artist residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Lia Uribe also holds graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and the University of Kansas.