In 1988 he was invited to the Sewanee Music Festival, Tennesse, and returned in 1990 as an assistant professor. In 1989 he entered the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida, where he studied chamber music with John DeLancie and flute with Christine Nield (a student of Marcel Moyse). Selected by the State of Florida to participate as a performer in James Galway’s master classes during his 1990 tour, Gabriel Goñi began his musical studies in 1984 at the National Institute of Music of the National Symphony Orchestra under the tutelage of Professor Carlos Castillo .
Biography In 1991 he was invited to continue his studies at the Juilliard School in New York with Professors Carol Wincenc and Samuel Baron. He has completed advanced studies with: James Galway (Ireland), Eldred Spell (USA), Toshiko Kohno (USA¬), William IBBennet (England), Dieter Flury (Austria), Susan Milan (England), Serge Saitta (France) and Gro Sandvik (Norway) among others. In 1992 he was part of the Pacific Music Festival and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Sapporo, Japan. He has been awarded the following awards: Myrna Brown for the International Artists 2000 from the National Association of Pied Pipers of America, an award given to the most outstanding flutists of the moment and the Art Leadership Award of the Americas 2004 for his contribution to the development of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.
He was Academic Director of the National Institute of Music of Costa Rica from 1997 to 2001, General Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica from 2001 to 2002. Director of Programs of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas during 2003 and 2004. He currently serves as flutist of the National Symphony Orchestra, professor at the National Institute of Music, visiting professor at the University of Miami, the Royal College of London, the University of Chile, the Heitor Villalobos Conservatory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the University of Cuyo, Argentina and the Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland, President of the Costa Rican Association of Flutists, coordinator for Central America and the Caribbean of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, member of the Moyse Society and consultant, along with world-famous flutists, for the Emanuel Flutes company.