Cole Belt’s passion for collaborative art has resulted in the participation and/or formation of several distinguished chamber ensembles throughout his career including Duo Velocipede, Mana Quartet, Impression Saxophone Ensemble, and Singularity. Through his involvement with these groups Cole has been heard in concert halls across the U.S. and Europe in masterclass settings, competitions, music festival residencies, chamber series, and guest artist recitals. Regarding his recent Carnegie Hall debut Cole is described as "a splendid performer who brings wonderful spirit and life to my music" by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Charles Wuorinen and by Curtis Institute composer David Ludwig as "at once sensitive, nuanced, brash, and daring: all depending on the demands of the music."
Cole's orchestral experience includes performances with the NAU Symphony Orchestra, National Music Festival Orchestra, Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, and the New World Symphony. He has also been a chamber saxophonist in residence at the National Music Festival, Music in the Mountains Festival, and the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra where he was the director of orchestral and chamber saxophone for three years. His teachers include, Dr. Jonathan Bergeron and Patrick Meighan.
Cole is a D'Addario Performing Artist and uses Reserve Classic Reeds, exclusively.
Michael Brinzer is a multi-woodwind instrumentalist based in New York City. As a Long Island native, Michael began refining his musical talents at an early age. He currently owns and performs on an array of instruments, including flutes, clarinets, saxophones as well as ethnic instruments. He enjoys playing many genres of music, from classical to jazz to musical theater to contemporary. He has performed with many distinguished artists, including Dave Leibman, Jim McNeely, Jane Monheit, Betsy Struxness, Charles Neidich, Paul Cohen and many more. In addition to performing, Michael is also a published arranger, a composer, and a teacher. His arrangements and compositions have been premiered at prestigious conservatories and universities including the Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers University, and Queens College. He is currently completing a Bachelors in Saxophone Performance at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Paul Cohen. In his spare time, Michael enjoys going to art galleries, watching a good TV series, and spending time with friends and family.
Scott Chamberlin is an advocate for the saxophone in all music, new and old. He frequently performs in the Boston area with local orchestras, small ensembles and as a chamber and solo musician. In addition to traditional performance, educational outreach is very important to Scott. He has performed standard recitals, premiered new works, and engaged audiences extensively in the Boston area and throughout New England, as well as in Europe, including the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. He recently completed a Masters of Music degree at the New England Conservatory, where he won the 2016 Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. He is currently enrolled at NEC as a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, studying saxophone with Kenneth Radnofsky. In addition to a busy schedule as a performer and student, Scott teaches privately in the Boston area, both in saxophone and music theory.
Thomas A. Giles
Possessing “all the colors of the orchestra” (Heidelberg Zeitung) and “...agility like a singer in the high register” (Badische Zeitung), Thomas Giles has gained notoriety as a specialist in daredevil repertoire, often the first to present revival performances of works long regarded as unplayable. In a tour-de-force debut at Carnegie Hall, Giles was called a “splendid performer with…wonderful life and spirit” by Pulitzer Prize Winner Charles Wuorinen, and “at once sensitive, nuanced, brash, and daring; all depending on the demands of the music,” by composer David Ludwig of the Curtis Institute. He has been acclaimed in DownBeat Magazine, broadcasted nation-wide on NPR’s Performance Today, and heard in concert halls across the United States and Europe.
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Saxophonist Raymond Kelly, originally from the northeast, is a current Doctor in Musical Arts candidate at Rutgers University. He holds a Master’s in Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s in Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, all in saxophone performance. He is currently studying with saxophonist Paul Cohen and has studied with Timothy Ruedeman, James Umble, and Gary Bartz. The past year he won the Rutgers’ 2016 Graduate Concerto Competition and performed Ballade for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra by Frank Martin with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad with ensembles such as the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, The Metro Symphony Orchestra, Locrian Chamber Players, and the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet. He can be heard on the album The Gift of Life by composer and French horn player of the Imani Winds, Jeff Scott. In addition to being an avid performer, Raymond is a busy educator, serving faculty at Long Island University and the Mason Gross Extension Division as well as his own expanding private studio.
Josh is a saxophonist who lives in Brooklyn. Originally from Arizona, he studied under Dr. Jonathan Bergeron at Northern Arizona University, and he has performed across the country and in Germany and Poland. He's played in various ensembles with the students of Dr. Paul Cohen since moving to New York, and those initial collaborations have transformed into several regular appointments: you can hear him playing in three quartets — Convectus, Four Reeds, and Trans1t — as well as The Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra and the New York Wind Orchestra. Outside of those groups, he occasionally records new works with composers from the Manhattan School of Music and New York University.
In addition to performing, Josh has done quite of bit of engraving and arranging. Some notable highlights would include his editions of Zdeněk Lukáš' works for saxophone quartet and his editorial work on a 15-song children's musical, The Grouch and the Love Bug, for which he did more than just arrange and engrave: he also harmonized, orchestrated, and produced backing tracks.
Classical saxophonist Wonki Lee, feeling equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire, distinguished himself as a winner of the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition in United States as well as becoming the first Korean saxophonist selected as a semi-finalist in the Adolphe Sax International Competition in Belgium.
As a soloist, Mr. Lee has given recitals and solo performances in the United States and Asia. After making his Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut premiering a new composition for soprano saxophone and piano, Mr. Lee contributed to the addition of three new saxophone concertos. He premiered piano-redacted version of the saxophone concerto Sull’ala by Susan Botti, and the saxophone concertos by Thiago Tiberio and Avner Finberg are written for him.
In addition to solo performances, Mr. Lee is an avid orchestral saxophonist. He has collaborated with numerous conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and Philippe Entremont. Recently he appeared with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra led by Eiji Oue as they launched their 100th Anniversary World Tour at Alice Tully Hall. He has also appeared in orchestras such as the New World Symphony Orchestra, and the Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra.
Born in 1989 to Korean parents living in Tokyo, Mr. Lee began to study the saxophone at age thirteen and soon moved to New York City where he received his training at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Paul Cohen.
Ryan Mantell is a New Jersey based saxophonist and teacher. He has taught instrumental music in New Jersey at all levels K-12, and maintains a private studio of saxophone students as well. He is an active performer in New Jersey and New York, playing saxophone regularly for the Ridgewood Concert Band and the Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra. Ryan is the founder and director of the North Jersey Youth Saxophone Ensemble, an initiative to bring a unique chamber music experience to high school age saxophone students in Northern New Jersey. Ryan received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree with Performance Honors from Syracuse University, and is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in saxophone performance at Rutgers University.
Bryan McNamara began studying the saxophone in upstate New York at age 10. 16 years later, he remains a saxophonist and works as an arts administrator and educator. His passion for sharing music with others has propels him to pursue experiences on and off stage.
Bryan enjoys work as a chamber musician, especially with Singularity, the quartet he co-founded in 2013. Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Wuorinen wrote that Singularity “brought a wonderful life and spirit to my work” in their 2015 Carnegie Hall debut. David Ludwig, composition professor at the Curtis Institute, described Singularity’s performance as “at once sensitive, nuanced, brash, and daring.” Bryan’s saxophone teachers include Wildy Zumwalt, Patrick Meighan, Carina Rascher, and Laura Fitzgerald.
Bryan joined the Princeton Symphony Orchestra staff in August 2015 as Manager of Operations, overseeing artistic and educational events, and contributing marketing copy on the side. He has lectured about the saxophone for the PSO alongside Music Director Rossen Milanov. Bryan made his concerto debut with Summer Sinfonietta (Tallahassee, FL) in 2014, and has performed with the Princeton Symphony, New World Symphony and Miami City Ballet, Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, and Summer Sinfonietta, where he played auxiliary percussion when players were scarce. Bass drum was his favorite.
Recognized in 2016 as the 3rd place Finalist for the American Prize in Instrumental Performance, Sean Mix has previously been named a semifinalist in the Londeix International Saxophone Competition (Bangkok, 2014) and the Dilson Florencio International Competition (Brasilia, 2015). Other recent highlights include a recital at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, and regular appearances throughout the United States.
Equally in demand as a chamber musician and ensemble player, Sean appears frequently with groups throughout the Northeast including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Monadnock Music, Atlantic Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, Matti Kovler Ensemble, New Thread Saxophone Quartet, Area 9 Quartet, and Chagall Performance Art Collaborative.
An enthusiastic interpreter of new music, Sean has collaborated with composers including Thomas Oboe Lee, David Amram, Ken Ueno, Alex Mincek, Gunther Schuller, Christian Lauba, and many more. These partnerships have resulted in several commissions and numerous premieres of new works.
Sean studied at Boston University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Southern California. He is a member of the music faculty at the Wellesley Public Schools, where he enjoys working with young saxophone and clarinet students.
Sean is an Endorsing Artist for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and Selmer Paris saxophones.
Andrew R. Steinberg is a Boston based saxophonist performing throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Praised for his “beautiful tone” and “lyric playing” by composers Hans Kox and Jay Schwartz, Mr. Steinberg has sought to perform needlessly neglected works from the repertoire as well as present premiere performances. An advocate of music that is equally gratifying and challenging, Mr. Steinberg’s repertoire focuses on works that highlight the “sound-of-sax” in ways never heard before, particularly in terms of tone color, range, and aesthetic approach.
In addition to performance activities, Mr. Steinberg has lectured at venues including Boston University, New England Conservatory, Brookline Adult & Community Education, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With a passion for the rich history of the saxophone, he has presented on topics including the Life of Adolphe Sax, the Saxophone in the Weimar Republic, the History of the Saxophone Orchestra, as well as the “Rascherian” Approach.
Mr. Steinberg is currently completing his doctorate at New England Conservatory. He serves as faculty at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, and is the Founder and Music Director of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra.
A native of California, David is a multifaceted musician in the greater Boston area who currently splits his time as performer, teacher, and music administrator. As a saxophonist and woodwind doubler, he is active in classical, jazz, musical theatre, and improvisation. As a classical musician, he has performed with the groups as diverse as the ALEA III, International Contemporary Ensemble, Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, Hub New Music, and the Navy Band East.
David is an ardent educator and has been teaching woodwinds since 2005 as a private instructor. He is on faculty at the EKS Music School, the All Newton Music School, and Brookline Adult and Continuing Education, and he also performs educational outreach with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, North End Music and Performing Arts Center, and the Boston Philharmonic’s Crescendo! Program.
David also has extensive experience in technical production and concert management in a variety of organizational positions. He is the current Acting Manager to Collage New Music and in 2015 was the live-in Musical Assistant to Gunther Schuller. David graduated with a Bachelors of Music from Cal State Fullerton (2013) and a Double Masters Degree in Saxophone Performance and Music Theory from New England Conservatory (2016).
Praised by audiences and composers for his "gorgeous, lyrical tone, spectacular technique, and heartfelt musicality ..." Jacob Swanson has performed throughout North America and Europe on concert series, television, and radio. His first disc “Invisible Cities” (2016) was critically acclaimed byclevelandclassical.com calling Swanson “a soloist with impeccable taste”. In 2017, Swanson released “wired.” which featured all original compositions for soprano saxophone and electronic media. With an inextinguishable passion for chamber music, Swanson performs regularly as member of the Decho Ensemble, which he cofounded in 2011 with long-time collaborator Sarah Marchitelli. After several years of preparation and research, Swanson assisted Carina Raschèr with the Ries&Erler publication of Erwin Dressel's Duo Konzert für Sopran- und Altsaxophon und Kleines Orchester (1965). In 2014, he and Marchitelli presented the world premiere of this monumental work with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra directed by Todd Wilson, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Swanson holds a Bachelor's of Music degree, a Master's of Music degree, and a Performer's Certificate from the State University of New York at Fredonia where he studied with saxophonist Dr. Wildy Zumwalt. He has additionally studied with Carina Raschèr. Swanson performs on American-made Buescher saxophones ca. 1930's and is a Vandoren Regional Artist.
Andy Wilds is a saxophonist and music educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has performed with such acclaimed groups as the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, as well as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and the Round Top Festival Orchestra. He has also performed professionally with a variety of chamber ensembles, including saxophone quartet, reed quintet, and saxophone ensemble. Wilds can be heard on several recordings, including the most recent TexSax album, Over the Rainbow and Bach Again, the debut album from the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, Plunge, as well as the 2016 release from the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Wine-Dark Sea.
Andy earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. He earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance also from the University of Texas where he studied with Professor Harvey Pittel, serving as Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the New England Conservatory, where he studies saxophone with Ken Radnofsky.