Steven Banks

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Classical Saxophonist

“Légère reeds provide consistency, control and a great sound. Performers can finally stop worrying about reeds and get to the finer details of musical expression.” - Steven

Emerging saxophonist STEVEN BANKS, age 21, has been described as “a breath-taking performer” by the Classical Voice of North Carolina. He is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. Banks is currently a master’s student at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, where he is a graduate teaching assistant. Steven regularly performs as both a soloist and chamber musician.

Since his solo debut at age 17 with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, Steven has performed and competed nationwide. Banks has won top prizes in several competitions, including 1st prizes in the 2013 Indiana University Woodwind Concerto Competition, the 2011 Joseph M. Bryan Concerto Competition and the Durham Symphony Young Artist Competition. Steven was also chosen to perform on NPR’s From the Top on show 241 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

As the baritone saxophonist of the Kenari Quartet, Steven has won numerous prizes at chamber music competitions around the country. Kenari will be releasing its first CD recording in early 2016 under the Naxos music label. Most recently, Kenari has done two masterclass and recital tours in California and Texas public schools and universities.

Steven is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His primary teachers have been Dr. Otis Murphy and Taimur Sullivan. Steven has participated in masterclasses with Christopher Creviston, Joe Lulloff, the ZZYZX saxophone quartet and the United States Marine Band saxophone quartet.

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