#BachtoBasics is back for our 19/20 season! We start off our series by chatting with BSH oboist Pablo Moreno.
Read on to learn more about this talented musician.
Thank you for chatting with us Pablo! So tell us, where is your hometown?
I’m from a small town in Colombia called Manizales. It is known for its delicious coffee, and the cultural movement of the city.
Fascinating. We are so lucky to have you in Houston. What was your musical education like and how did you find yourself as an oboist?
When I was a kid I was very skilled at drawing, however my mom wanted me to be a musician. I got into the music school and started playing the piano and in high school in band they put me in oboe even that I wanted to play the clarinet. I came to the US in 2009 where I have been very lucky to receive an outstanding education: Oberlin Conservatory, DePaul University and currently I’m enrolled in a Doctoral in Music at the University of Houston.
Very impressive! How did you first come into contact with Bach Society Houston?
When I moved to Houston my baroque oboe teacher (Kathryn Montoya, Oberlin Conservatory) suggested to me that I should contact the baroque performance groups in the city. I sent an email to Rick, and he kindly scheduled an appointment to hear me play. I love being part of Bach Society Houston and love having the opportunity to play such beautiful music in such an amazing city.
What piece are you most looking forward to this year and why?
I look forward to performing BWV 36 “Schwingt freudig euch empor” in December because the piece is so beautiful, and beyond this I look forward to being able to communicate through the oboe the meaning of the text of this piece, specifically with the the Oboe D’amore – during the Tenor Aria.
Oh wow it sounds like that will be such a special concert for you and the BSH audience. Overall, what draws you to Bach’s music?
J.S. Bach is undoubtedly one of the best composers in history. I love Bach because I feel that his music connects me to my personal spiritual beliefs, and every time I play or listen a Bach piece, especially the cantatas, I think that it is sublime that a human was able to write this music, and on a personal level I feel grateful to be alive and to be able to enjoy this music.
Couldn’t agree more Pablo. Changing subjects a bit, what other hobbies outside of playing do you enjoy?
Besides playing the oboe I really enjoy cooking, playing video games, running, hiking and being in nature.
Do you have a favorite place in Houston?
I enjoy going early in the morning to Brazos Bend State park to go to see the birds and alligators. It’s amazing!
And what about in the future… anything exciting planned for you?
I’m excited to travel this December with my significant other to see my family and friends in Colombia!
Many thanks to Pablo for taking the time to chat with us!