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. She has performed in venues and festivals throughout Colombia, Canada, Spain, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Ecuador, Greece, Puerto Rico, England, Japan, and the United States.
Dr. Uribe performs and tours on a regular basis with the Lyrique Quintette, woodwind quintet in residence at the University of Arkansas. Their latest CD, Arrivals and Departures: Music of the Americas, was recently released and is available under the label Mark Custom Records.
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; Brazilian composer Noam Faingold; 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 premiere with the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Chris Knighten in April of 2019.
Lia Uribe’s research interest is centered on Latin-American and Latinx music and composers, in addition to inclusiveness and diversity in the arts. She is a member of the Walton Arts Center board of directors in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a facilitator for the Kansas City based Artist INC program.
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 a masters degree from the University of Arkansas and a doctorate from the University of Kansas.