Kenari Quartet Members
“Légère reeds have provided me with a reed that I can feel confident playing at any place and at any time. It doesn’t matter where I am, I know exactly how my Légère reeds are going to play.” – Kyle Baldwin
Kyle Baldwin is currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area where he is teaching a small studio of students and continues performing with the Kenari Quartet. In the summer of 2016, Kyle graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a bachelor's degree in music performance. There he studied with Dr. Otis Murphy and professor Tom Walsh. Originally from Fresno, California, he has also studied with Dr. Alan Durst at Fresno State University and Professor Larry Honda at Fresno City College. As a result of winning first prize in the Kings Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition, Kyle performed Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto with the Kings Symphony. He is a recipient of the Premier Young Artist Award Scholarship, a very honorable award given in the Jacobs School of Music, as well as the Marcel Mule Scholarship. At Indiana University, Kyle has performed as a member of the New Voices Opera, the Jacobs School of Music Saxophone Ensemble, and the Symphonic Band.
Much of Kyle’s college career has been devoted to premiering new works for saxophone. He has collaborated with several composers in the Fresno State composition department where he has worked with Joey Bohigian, Luffy Baliey, Dr. Benjamine Boone, and Dr. Kenneth Froelich. He has also had the honor of premiering Benjamine Boone’s Ascencion: An Etho-Historical Cantana with the Fresno State Choir as a featured soloist. Kyle enjoys experimenting with new approaches to classical music through unique instrumentation and new performance concepts.
“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 Banks
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.
“Switching to the Légère Signature Series has completely eliminated my need to constantly worry about the maintenance and upkeep of my reeds in order to produce a smooth, warm and consistent tone. As a result, this has lent me much greater peace of mind while playing during practice sessions, rehearsals, and performances.” – Corey Dundee
Corey Dundee is a Los-Angeles based composer and saxophonist whose work embodies an intersection of disparate musical styles and concepts. A recipient of Chamber Music America's 2016 Classical Commissioning Grant, Corey was recently awarded a fellowship to attend the Norfolk New Music Workshop in Norfolk, CT, and in 2013 he was named Grand Prize winner of the Calefax Reed Quintet International Composition Competition. Corey has been a frequent finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer Award presented by ASCAP, and has received commissions from the Taos Chamber Music Group and the UNCSAx ensemble.
As a performer, Corey has appeared as featured soloist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Interlochen Philharmonic, and the UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra. In April of 2012, he performed on stage with singer-songwriter Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for Arts Advocacy Day 2012. Corey can be heard on NPR’s Telarc-label CD titled “From the Top at the Pops,” performing the third movement of Russell Peck’s The Upward Stream concerto with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He is also the tenor saxophonist of Kenari Quartet, a 1st-place Laureate Ensemble of the inaugural M-Prize chamber arts competition and recent Artist-in-Residence on American Public Media’s “Performance Today”.
Corey holds an M.M. degree in Composition from the University of Southern California, where he served as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate music theory and aural skills classes, and B.M. degrees in Composition and Saxophone Performance from the Indiana University. He has studied composition with Donald Crockett, Ted Hearne, Samuel Adler, Don Freund, and Claude Baker, and his saxophone instructors have included Otis Murphy, Taimur Sullivan, and Timothy McAllister.
“Before I switched to Légère reeds, I spent so much time and energy attending to my reeds, and I was never pleased with just how much they changed when I traveled to different climates. Now I just focus on the music! From day to day, the reeds perform consistently, and I never worry about the reeds drying out on stage! Regardless of the situation, I know that when I pick up my instrument and begin to play, the sound is exactly what I want.” – Bob
Bob Eason is currently an Associate Instructor of Saxophone at Indiana University and a doctoral student studying with Dr. Otis Murphy. Bob holds a master’s degree in saxophone performance from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in music education from The University of Houston, where he studied with Mr. Dan Gelok, Mrs. Valerie Vidal, and Dr. Karen Wylie. Recently, Bob was a semi-finalist in the 4th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand.
Bob is the Soprano Saxophonist of the Kenari Saxophone Quartet, a dynamic and innovative ensemble that has received a number of awards and accolades including top prizes at several chamber music competitions including the Fischoff, Coleman, J.C. Arriaga, and Chesapeake Bay chamber music competitions, as well as a Young Artist Residency with the American Public Media program Performance Today. The Kenari Quartet has just finished recording an album to be distributed under the Naxos recording label in 2016.
A native of Houston, Bob founded the Young Saxophonist’s Institute and continues to teach summer camps in the Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth areas for middle school and high school saxophonists. Bob is truly blessed with the support of an amazing family and wonderful friends.
His professional affiliations include the North American Saxophone Alliance, Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In addition to the teachers mentioned above, Bob feels incredibly fortunate to have been mentored by Eddie Green, John Benzer, David Bertman, Noe Marmolejo, Tom Bennett, Gregory Dick, Robert Munoz, Theron Sharp, Julio Sanchez, Aaron Brown, Martin Langford, and Chris Patterson.