Alexis Fong Castillo
Professor of Clarinet at the University of Panamá
Artistic Director of PAISAXE Ensemble
He is one of the most expressive and entrepreneurial young musicians in Panamá. His interest on keeping the musical tradition alive has made him a versatile clarinetist, his repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the Contemporary.
He was born in Panama City, studied with Dr. Jacqueline Mcilwain (University of Southern Mississippi, USA), and in Panama with teachers Jorge Fermín Jovane and Isaac Reyes Pertuz. He was the winner of the first place in the 2015 Mississippi Music Teachers Association Competition in the category of Graduate Solo Competition in the United States. His musicianship stands out for its freshness and spontaneity, combining diverse artistic manifestations and genres with the PAISAXE Ensemble, being its current Artistic Director.
As a soloist, he has collaborated with the following groups: Young Orchestra and Choir of Central America, Ibague Orchestra Music Festival of Colombia, University Symphony Orchestra of the University of Panama and Clarinet Choir of the National Institute of Music of Panama. Through his understanding of contemporary music, the MusicArte Festival and the Dracula Connection Artist Residence, as well as freelancer’s composers, have invited him to premier new and existing musical works.
He has received master classes from Anthony McGill (New York Philharmonic), Julian Bliss (International Soloist), Charles Neidich (Juilliard School), Jose Franch-Ballester (International Soloist), Aude Richard-Camus (Rouen Conservatory), among others. He has collaborated in concerts with Rachel Barton Pine, Paquito D’Rivera, Deborah Voight, Danilo Perez, Dietrich Paredes, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Ransom Wilson, among others.
After returning to Panama, he serves as Professor of Clarinet at the University of Panama. Beyond music, Fong has the arts in his blood. He is a visionary of the social and cultural development of the country.