Matt Amedio is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. Previously, Matt attended Northwestern University for one year studying under Dr. Timothy McAllister. While at Northwestern, Matt was the principal saxophonist of the prestigious Northwestern University Wind Ensemble, and soprano saxophonist of the Northwestern University Saxophone Ensemble. During his time at NU, Matt also traveled to Miami, FL to perform with the New World Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. Prior to attending Northwestern, Matt earned a dual Bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music in saxophone performance (under Professor Chien-Kwan Lin) and music education (under Professor Richard Grunow). During his undergraduate at Eastman, Matt performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Symphony Orchestra as principal saxophonist, and was a founding member of the Eastman Saxophone Project, “ESP”–the first conductor-less saxophone ensemble in the United States to perform completely from memory. Matt also earned the John Celentano Award for chamber music excellence as well as a Performer’s Certificate at Eastman, the highest distinctions awarded at the conservatory. Matt has performed throughout the United States, as well as in France, Germany, Salzburg, and the Czech Republic, in venues ranging from the stage of the Eastman theatre in Rochester, NY, to the Rudolphium in Prague, Czech Republic.
Matt has been a very active performer both as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist he has won first prize in Vandoren’s Emerging Artist Competition, which resulted in his Paris debut in October of 2012. Matt was also one of six finalists in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Classical Saxophone Competition, held at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. He has also performed in masterclasses throughout the country being led by Claude Delangle, Lynn Klock, Carrie Koffman, Chien-Kwan Lin, and the XASAX saxophone quartet.
A proponent of new music, Matt has performed with Eastman’s new music ensemble, OSSIA; and has played on several concert series throughout the greater city of Rochester presented by Sound ExChange, Washington Square Concert Series, and the RESTisNOISE. Most recently, Matt gave the US premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s “La bocca, i piedi, il suono” at Colombia University as a part of the Make Music NY festival. Always looking to expand the repertoire of the saxophone, Matt has premiered works by such composers as Robert Morris, Samuel Adler, Bill Cunliffe, Kyle Quarles, Dave Deason, Chris Castro, and Stratis Minakakis.
Matt currently holds the Alto Saxophone chair in Project Fusion. Project Fusion is a budding chamber ensemble dedicated to advancing the artistic possibilities of collaboration in music-making. Formed in the autumn of 2010 at the Eastman School of Music, Project Fusion has attracted national attention and critical acclaim through the unique feat of performing musical programs exclusively from memory, as well as winning top prizes consecutively in several national and international chamber music competitions. Recently, Project Fusion won the Gold Medal in the 40th Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, 1st Prize in the 2013 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, and at the 2013 Plowman International Chamber Music Competition Project Fusion became the first saxophone quartet to claim Grand Prize, as well as the Hugo Vianello Audience Choice Award, in the competition’s history. Fusion has previously won awards in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, the 2012 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the 2012 J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition.
Myles Boothroyd is a Traverse City native and graduate teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with minors in Instrumental Music and Secondary Mathematics Education from Central Michigan University (CMU) in Mount Pleasant, MI.
Boothroyd’s work as a performance artist has garnered him numerous accolades and awards in competitions across the country. He took first prize in the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition and second place in the 2014 Vandoren Emerging Artist Classical Saxophone Competition. The previous year, he was named the second-place national winner in the Young Artist division of the Music Teachers National Association Conference in Anaheim, CA. This honor was awarded following first-place recognitions at both the state and divisional rounds of the 2012-2013 MTNA Young Artist Competition. Boothroyd also won the first annual CMU Delta Omicron Young Artist Competition (2010) along with the CMU Patricia Nixon Woodwind Memorial Scholarship Competition (2011).
Along with his dedication to performance, Boothroyd remains active in musicological and scholarly work. He is a National Merit Finalist and Presser Scholar who has shared original research at national and international conferences, giving paper and poster presentations in Cincinnati, Lansing, Honolulu, Chicago, and Montreal. In April 2012, Boothroyd was recognized for the Best Student Paper Presentation at the College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Conference in Chicago; furthermore, his research paper on Miles Davis and George Russell is published in the Fall 2010 issue of Nota Bene, Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology.
Boothroyd’s teachers have included Chien-Kwan Lin, John Nichol, and Rob Smith. Following completion of his graduate degrees, he intends to pursue a career in collegiate education.
Chris Doser pursues his passions of classical and jazz saxophone, education, math, and swimming as a triple major at Eastman and the University of Rochester. Currently a senior in Professor Chien-Kwan Lin’s studio, Chris is working towards undergraduate degrees in Saxophone Performance, Music Education, and Mathematics. A championship swimmer in high school, Chris continues to maintain an active role as Co-Captain of the University of Rochester Men’s Swimming and Diving Team.
As a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, and Eastman Saxophone Project, Chris has performed many styles of music on saxophone and also as a woodwind ‘doubler’ on flute, clarinet and oboe. He performed with the Mosaic Saxophone Quartet of Eastman for two years, and has participated and performed in master classes led by Claude DeLangle, Griff Campbell, and the Navy Saxophone Quartet. Chris teaches private woodwind lessons in his hometown of Penfield, NY, performs as a freelance jazz musician, and still finds time to work as a swim instructor and lifeguard.
Lauritz Hædersdal Eller, has come from Copenhagen Denmark to Eastman to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone Performance at Eastman with Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. At age 12 Lauritz was encouraged by his family to begin playing music and did so well enough to enter Tivolis boysguard marching band at age 13. Before coming to the states Lauritz has studied at the danish music gymnasium Sankt Annæ as well as playing saxophone at Frederiksbergs MGK.
Matt Evans is currently pursuing a DMA in Saxophone Performance and Literature and an MA in Music Theory Pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music where he is a graduate teaching assistant and current saxophone instructor at the Eastman Community Music School. Matt has performed and taught throughout the United States as well as in Thailand, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan.
As a soloist Matt has garnered awards in several national competitions including the MTNA Young Artist Competition, the Lake Shore Wind Ensemble Competition, and the Arizona Recordings Classical Saxophone Competition, and he has participated internationally in the Aeolus Competition for Wind Instruments in Düsseldorf, Germany and as a semi-finalist in the 3rd Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand.
Matt is tenor saxophonist with the Zzyzx Quartet which was described as “a superb ensemble with impeccable musical taste” by the Saxophone Journal. Since releasing their debut album Zzyzx Rd in 2010, the Zzyzx Quartet has maintained high visibility as an emerging professional chamber ensemble having been featured as concerto soloists at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Tempe, AZ in March 2012 and presenting numerous guest recitals and master classes throughout the United States. This summer, Zzyzx premiered a commission by celebrated American composer John Mackey at the World Saxophone Congress XVI in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Matt previously completed his MM and BM in saxophone performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a student of Otis Murphy, where he also earned a Performer’s Certificate, the highest performance distinction awarded at the school. At the Eastman School of Music, Matt has studied with Chien-Kwan Lin and was recently nominated for the prestigious Teaching Assistant Prize, an award given to the top graduate instructors at the conservatory. Matt is an Artist-Clinician for Rico Reeds and d’Addario, Inc. and performs on Rico Reserve Reeds exclusively.
Nick Exler is currently a senior at the Eastman School of Music, pursuing degrees in Saxophone Performance, Music Education and Music Theory. While at Eastman, Nick regularly performs with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday, and with the Eastman Saxophone Project under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. In addition to this, Nick played saxophone with the Mosaic Quartet for two years and is currently playing with the A2 Quartet. Nick has had opportunity to perform both with these chamber groups and as a soloist for various master classes: In his time at Eastman, he has played in master classes led by Claude Delangle, Griffin Campbell, and the Navy Saxophone Quartet.
Timothy Harris, originally from Madison, Alabama, is a second-year graduate teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music, pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature under the guidance of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. He has earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he studied under Dr. Jonathan Noffsinger.
While at the University of Alabama, Tim was a member of the Alabama Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Saxophone Quartet, performing with musicians such as Chris Martin, Pete Ellefson, Joe Alessi, Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer, Kirk Knuffke, Jeff Coffin, Donny McCaslin, Lew Soloff, Frank “Doc” Adams, and Sim Flora. His time with the Wind Ensemble included a concert tour of Italy consisting of performances in Montecatini, Florence, Padova, and Torino, collaborating with each city’s local ensembles.
As a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project and the East End quartet, Tim is an active member of the saxophone studio, performing with ESP during the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance’s biennial conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The East End quartet was a finalist in the same conference’s quartet competition.
Tim is a first place solo winner of the Lois Pickard Scholarship Competition and has taught beginning and experienced saxophonists alike regularly in Tuscaloosa and in his hometown of Madison, appearing as a guest instructor and clinician in several high schools throughout the state of Alabama. He has performed in masterclasses held by Jon Noffsinger, Amy Griffiths, Alfonso Padilla, Griffin Campbell, and Chien-Kwan Lin. He is recently married and lives in Rochester with his wife, Amy.
Ainsley Paige Kilgo is a junior from Fairfax, Virginia pursuing a double major in Instrumental Music Education and Saxophone Performance at the Eastman School of Music as a Lois S. Rogers Scholar. Ainsley has been named to the Eastman School of Music Dean’s List for four consecutive semesters. She is a member of the Finja Saxophone Quartet, Eastman Saxophone Project, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Ainsley has performed in masterclasses as a member of Finja with the Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet, Claude Delangle, and Griffin Campbell. She recently attended the 2013 American Saxophone Academy and appeared in a masterclass with Dr. Otis Murphy. Additionally, Ainsley is a secondary vocal student and an accomplished modern dancer.
Anne Kunkle was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She began her saxophone studies at the age of twelve and as a high school student she studied privately with Daniel O’Reilly and Kyra Zhang. In addition to playing the saxophone she also studied piano and violin. She served as principal tenor saxophonist in the South Carolina All-State band in 2010 and 2011. For her junior and senior years of high school she attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. Currently she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at the Eastman School of Music and is a member of the Eastman Wind Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday and the Eastman Saxophone Project under the direction of Professor Chien-Kwan Lin.
Born in Taiwan, Arthur Liang was raised in China, Taiwan, Canada and currently lives in Toronto. At grade 4, Arthur joined his elementary school band in Taiwan through grade 6. Unfortunately, Arthur did not continue to play saxophone until he moved to Canada in 2007. He studied with Professor Wallace Halladay from University of Toronto for 5 years. Arthur graduated from Etobicoke School of the Arts (2009-2012). Arthur has been fortunate enough to be awarded for his musicianship. In 2011, Arthur won the First Prize (saxophone solo) in the Kiwanis Music Festival, Kiwanis Clubs of Greater Toronto. Also in 2011, he won the First Prize (Provincial Finalist) at The Ontario Festivals Association Provincial Finals.
Presently, Arthur is a sophomore and he is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music and studies with Professor Chien-Kwan Lin.
Born and raised in Dillon, South Carolina, Keenan McKoy aspired to be an artist when he discovered his passion for visual art at an early age. Keenan began playing the saxophone in a middle school band class and has since then gone on to pursue music at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and the Eastman School of Music, where he is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music in Saxophone Performance and Music Education. Keenan has performed for big name artists and at numerous venues in both classical and popular music genres, including Al Sharpton, Claude Delangle, John Legend, Robert Young, Mariano Garcia Jiminez, Darius Rucker, and the Marine Band Saxophone Quartet. In addition, Keenan won first prize in the 2011 Empire State Competition.
Born of electrical engineers, Khanh Nguyen is the first of his academically-oriented family to pursue a career in the arts. His love for saxophone started at age 12, when he first started playing the baritone saxophone in his junior-high school band. Playing saxophone granted Khanh many musical accolades, including being a 5-year member of the California All-State Bands, 2-time winner of the ECYS concerto competition, and 2nd-place winner of the 2013 Nova Vista Symphony Concerto Competition. Though performance is a large part of his life, it is not the main reason he is currently studying at the Eastman School of Music. As a double major pursuing a B.M. in saxophone performance and music education, Khanh loves nothing more than to pass on his passion for music through music education. Khanh’s first teachers were Jeff Prinz, saxophone, and Gregory Conway, conducting.
Khanh currently studies saxophone under Chien-Kwan Lin and plays in the Eastman Wind Orchestra under the direction of Mark Scatterday. Aside from music, Khanh enjoys driving, playing video games, and storytelling.
Phil Pierick is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Eastman School of Music under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. At Eastman, he is coach and coordinator of undergraduate saxophone quartets. Phil is a three-time prizewinner at the MTNA National Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions (2012, 2011, 2009), took 3rd prize in the 2012 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, was named Vandoren Emerging Artist of 2011, and won the 2012 University of Illinois Concerto Competition.
Phil performs regularly with his saxophone duo Ogni Suono, an ensemble committed to expanding and promoting the repertoire for saxophone duo by commissioning and performing new works of various styles while also conducting workshops for students. Since 2010, Ogni Suono has performed and taught throughout the the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia, and Scotland, with performances at the World Saxophone Congress, Singapore Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, and a variety of art galleries and music schools.
Upcoming CDs include a Naxos release of previously unrecorded chamber music for saxophone by Percy Grainger and Ogni Suono’s debut album, Invisible Seams, featuring works written exclusively for the ensemble.
As national winner of the 2009-2010 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians, Phil studied with French saxophonist Jean-Michel Goury in Paris at the CRR Boulogne-Billancourt. Phil received Bachelor of Music degrees with Highest University Honors in Performance and Musicology and a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Debra Richtmeyer and served for two years as saxophone teaching assistant.
Annie Sawamura, from the small town of Ellington, CT, began her musical studies at age 5, taking piano lessons with a local teacher. At age 10, she picked up the saxophone in the interest of taking after her older brother, and discovered that she had found her passion. Throughout her four years of high school, she participated in honor bands such as the Eastern Regional Concert Band and Jazz Band, the New England Music Festival Association Band, the 2012 Connecticut All-State Jazz Ensemble, and she served as principle alto saxophonist in the 2013 Connecticut All-State Concert Band. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at the Eastman School of Music under Professor Chien-Kwan Lin.
Dan Stenziano is a junior majoring in both Saxophone Performance and Music Education from Wayland, NY. Dan is an active member of several ensembles, including the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) under the direction of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin and the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday. He also plays baritone in his saxophone quartet, the Finja Quartet which has performed in master classes with Claude Delangle and Griffin Campbell, and given numerous performances at various venues in the Rochester area. The Finja Quartet recently gave an opening performance for former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates at the University of Rochester’s 2013 Meliora Weekend Keynote Address.
Aside from his ensemble work, Dan has been selected as the winner of multiple local competitions including the MTNA Empire Collegiate Instrumental competition, the MTNA NY State Senior Performance competition and the Young Artist Auditions Competition sponsored by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his master class performances with his quartet, Dan has also appeared in master classes with Kenneth Tse and Otis Murphy.
Marta Tiesenga, from Oak Brook, Illinois, is a senior saxophone performance major studying with Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. She is a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP). Marta played with the Mosaic Saxophone Quartet for two years, and currently plays tenor saxophone in A2 Quartet, which recently won the Alternate in the 2012 MTNA New York State Competition. She has performed in master classes with Claude Delangle, Otis Murphy, and Wynton Marsalis.
Sumner Truax is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant for Chien-Kwan Lin. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Sumner has an extensive background in both the classical and jazz idioms. A two-time winner of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Neale-Silva Young Artist’s Competition, Sumner has performed Jacob TV’s “Buku” and Paule Maurice’s “Tableaux De Provence” live on WPR. As an avid proponent of new music, Sumner also enjoys collaborating with composers to produce new works for the saxophone. Most recently, he has worked closely with award winning French composer Christian Lauba, a partnership which has resulted in the 22nd etude entitled “Bebop” which is dedicated to Sumner. In the jazz idiom he has had the privilege of performing with musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Dave Ambrosio, John Clayton, Brian Lynch, and Conrad Herwig. Sumner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from Lawrence University where his principle teachers were Steve Jordheim, Sara Kind, Fred Sturm, and Jose Encarnacion.
Stephanie Venturino, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is a freshman saxophone performance and music theory major at the Eastman School of Music. As a high school student of Eastman saxophone professor Chien-Kwan Lin, Stephanie garnered top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Rochester Philharmonic League’s Young Artists Auditions, the David Hochstein Recital Competition, the Virtuosi Woodwind Competition, the MTNA New York State Senior Woodwind Competition, the Jo Amish Young Artists Competition, and the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music Competition. A recipient of the Eastman Community Music School’s prestigious Young Artist Award, Stephanie has also soloed with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, and her playing has been broadcast on WXXI 91.5 FM. In addition to her collegiate studies, Stephanie interns at the Eastman Community Music School, where she teaches written theory and aural skills to secondary school students and adults.
Drew Viavattine, from Rochester, New York, is a freshman studying Saxophone Performance and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. Drew has had the opportunity to study saxophone with many skilled teachers including Dr. Roger Eckers, Nancy Boone, and Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. He currently plays with the Eastman Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday and the Eastman Saxophone Project under the direction of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. Throughout high school, Drew was chosen as a member of many select groups through the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), including Monroe County All-County wind ensembles, Area All-State wind ensembles, and the New York State Conference All-State symphonic band.
Katherine Weintraub, a native of Sarasota Florida, is currently in the second year of her studies for the degree of a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music. An avid performer and recitalist, Katherine is also a teaching assistant to Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she was a student of Donald Sinta.
Since her solo debut at the age of 15 with the Florida Orchestra, Katherine has amassed a series of notable performances and distinctions. As an undergraduate on a full merit scholarship, Katherine was one of the youngest members of the illustrious University of Michigan Symphony Band for all eight semesters. During this period, she was selected to play second alto saxophone in a collaboration between the U of M Symphony Band the Detroit Symphony in series of performances of John Corigliano’s “Circus Maximus” (with Leonard Slatkin conducting). For her Masters degree, Katherine was a recipient of a Graduate Fellowship award, during which time she was the winner of the University of Michigan Graduate Concerto Competition. Katherine was also specially selected to be a part of the summer 2011 tour with the University of Michigan Symphony band on which she was given the opportunity to perform at some of the world’s premier concert halls across China and the U.S., including Los Angeles’ Disney Hall.
While in Ann Arbor, Katherine also maintained a devotion to teaching, giving clinics at many of the local high schools and maintaining a private studio of students ages elementary school through college. As a teaching assistant at Eastman, Katherine plans to continue her dedication to the field by working to continue her prowess both as a performer and an educator. After the completion of her DMA, Katherine plans to pursue a career in college education and performance.
Tyler Wiessner, from Ellicott City, Maryland, is in his third year in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance and Music Education. His musical study began in elementary school band class on the clarinet, but changed to the saxophone soon thereafter. In high school, Tyler performed in school theater productions, as well as in vocal and instrumental groups. While young, he was a private student Baltimore jazz saxophonist Greg Thompkins.
At Eastman, Tyler is the bass saxophonist in the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), under the direction of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. He also performs regularly under the baton of Dr. Mark Scatterday with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Tyler can also be found performing with the Finja Saxophone Quartet, which, besides performing at the Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium in 2013, has appeared in masterclasses with Claude Delangle and Griffin Campbell, as well as several outreach events in the Rochester, NY area.
“A major force in the saxophone world,” (American Record Guide) internationally acclaimed saxophonist and recording artist Jonathan Wintringham has been described as “absolutely stunning” and “nothing short of a virtuoso” (‘The Sax’ Magazine, Japan). “Possessing a confidence and grace that comes from somewhere beyond experience,” (Arizona Daily Star) “he phrases with an artistic awareness well beyond his years; and he tackles the postmodernist content of his program with extreme volume shifts [and] daring color changes” (ARG). He has given recitals, masterclasses and residencies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England and Japan.
Wintringham has received awards in numerous competitions including the Astral Artists National Auditions, the MTNA National Young Artist Competition, the NASA Classical Solo Competition, the William C. Byrd Concerto Competition, the Yamaha YPA Competition, the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition, the Arizona State University Concerto Competition, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition and the Tucson Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Wintringham has performed alongside many world-renowned musicians including Timothy McAllister, Masato Kumoi, Kazuhiro Takagi, concertmaster of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the New World Symphony Orchestra. He has given guest artist recitals and masterclasses at numerous institutions including the London College of Music, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona and was the first featured Artist in Residence at the Zennor Music Series in Cornwall, England. In addition to appearances on FOX News, KLPX and KUAT Television, his debut CD, Walimai, has been broadcast internationally on England’s BBC and Japan’s FMN1, and is available on the Equilibrium (Albany) label. Additionally, Jonathan’s former award-winning chamber ensemble, The Catalina Quartet, can be heard on AUR’s America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume XIV presenting the North American premiere recording of Gavin Bryar’s Alaric I or II.
In addition to his duo with composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom, Wintringham performs regularly as a member of the Bando/Wintringham Duo. Together with renowned saxophonist and Professor of Saxophone at the Tokyo School of Music and the Kunitachi School of Music, Kuninobu Bando, the Tokyo-based chamber ensemble has received numerous accolades for their international performances since their formation in 2009. Jonathan further served as a member of several recording and award-winning chamber ensembles including the Presidio Saxophone Quartet, the Catalina Saxophone Quartet, the Taleus Saxophone Quartet and the saxophone trio, Trikaya.
Wintringham is currently a teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature under the instruction of Chien-Kwan Lin. Holding a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Arizona, Jonathan’s instructors have included Timothy McAllister, Nobuya Sugawa, Masato Kumoi, Kelland Thomas and Asako Inoue. Furthermore, he has performed in masterclass settings for Masataka Hirano, Hitomi Hara, John Sampen and James Umble.
Wintringham is an Astral Performing Artist and an endorsing artist for MusicMedic.com’s RooPads
Kevin (Jiaqi) Zhao is a junior Saxophone Performance major from Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin’s studio at the Eastman School of Music. He plays soprano saxophone in the Finja Saxophone Quartet, which has appeared in master classes with Griffin Campbell and Claude Delangle. He is also a member of Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
He was born in JinZhou of LiaoNing Province in China. He began to study saxophone and piano when he was 7 years old. He was admitted to the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory Of Music in 2005. During his studies there, he played in the Youth Band of China and became principal saxophonist of the band. He gave his first solo recital when he was a sophomore in high school. He is also an accomplished pianist.
Kevin has won multiple prizes in competitions, including 3rd prize in the International Woodwind Competition in 2009, 3rd prize in the CADANZA piano competition in 2007, 2nd prize in the Beijing Music Festival Piano Competition in 2009, 2nd prize in the LISMA Woodwind Competition in 2012, 1st prize in the LISMA Woodwind Competition in 2013.