Gabriela Garzon Avendano

From Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, Gabriela Garzón Avendaño began her music training at the age of five, under the tutelage of her father. She excelled at both piano and cello before pursuing conducting. In 2012, Gaby founded Campamento Elevare (Now Festival de la Música Orquestal), an international youth orchestra summer camp attracting students from all over México, with an international faculty made up of 14 professional musicians. She currently serves as the artistic director for the Festival and as a CEO of Elevare A. C., a non-profit organization that teaches music to underprivileged families for free in Jalisco, Mex. She has attended conducting masterclasses with Guillermo Salvador, Kenneth Kiesler, Sara Ioannidis, and David Itkin. She served as Alondra de la Parra´s assistant at Jalisco Philharmonic in 2013. Gaby holds a bachelor’s degree in Science of Communication from Universidad América Latina in Guadalajara, and a Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from Wichita State University, where she studied with Dr. Mark Laycock. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of North Texas under the tutelage of Maestro David Itkin.