Saturday, September 15, 2018
Atlanta Saxophone Day is an annual event held in September and is open to participants of all ages and skill levels. This one-day event hosts masterclasses, focus sessions, saxophone ensembles, artist and participant recitals, and exhibitors. Each year, Atlanta Saxophone Day features a world-class guest artist. Recent guest artists include Carrie Koffman, Claude Delangle, Frederick Hemke, and Debra Richtmeyer. This year’s guest artist is Chien-Kwan Lin from the Eastman School of Music.
Join guest conductor Scott Stewart of the Westminister Schools and Dr. Jan Berry Baker for this year’s Atlanta Saxophone Day!
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Lunch and a t-shirt will be provided to all registered participants. All registration fees are non-refundable.
Anyone of all ages and experience levels can register to attend. All General Participants will actively rehearse and perform in the saxophone choir, participate in clinics, visit exhibitors, and observe the masterclass and guest artist recital.
We are accepting a limited number of applicants to perform for the guest artist masterclass. Masterclass participants perform solo repertoire with piano and receive a 30-minute public coaching.
For non-saxophone participants, or those only wishing to observe, we offer registration as an Auditor Participant. Auditor Participants will observe rehearsals, clinics, the guest artist recital, masterclasses, and visit exhibitors, but will not perform in the final concert.
Eastman School of Music
Chien-Kwan Lin (b. 1972, Singapore) has appeared as soloist and guest artist with the United States Navy Band, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Portland (ME) Symphony, as well as the philharmonic and chamber orchestras of Boston, Rochester, Sichuan and Thailand.
Mr. Lin’s performances have garnered excellent reviews by critics in New York and Boston. His critically-acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital prompted New York Concert Review to portray him as a performer “who has the passion and restraint and beautiful sense of line to take melody where it wants to go, fully and generously,” while the Boston Globe has lauded him for “displaying chops,” and has described his playing as “polished,” “charismatic,” and “appealing.”
Recent appearances by Mr. Lin have included the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, Selmer Showroom (Paris), Steinway Hall (NYC), New England Saxophone Symposium, Texas Tech University International Saxophone Artists Series, U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, Saxorama Festival (Canada), Fromm Players of Harvard University, and the Formosa Chamber Music Society of New York. He has presented master classes across the U.S. and internationally, including the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP), National Taipei University for the Arts, Mahidol University (Thailand), as well as major conservatories across China.
Mr. Lin’s recording of Lei Liang’s Memories of Xiaoxiang for Alto Saxophone & Tape (Mode Records) was selected among “Amazon.com: Best 20th/21st Century Classical of 2009,” and his recording of David Liptak’s Serenade for Alto Saxophone & String Orchestra, which John Pitcher of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle called “brilliantly recorded,” is available on Bridge Records.
Since winning top prizes in Singapore’s National Music Competition four consecutive times (violin category), Mr. Lin has enjoyed a multi-faceted career. He won Best Conductor Award at Singapore’s National Band Leaders Festival, and also worked for several years as a jazz violinist. In addition, he has appeared as an orchestral violinist with the New Hampshire Symphony, the Indian Hill Symphony, and the Hannover (NH) Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Lin is currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music, where members of his studio have been frequent prizewinners at some of the nation’s most prestigious competitions. He is the founding director of the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), as well as the recipient of the 2012-2013 Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. Mr. Lin is an artist and clinician for Selmer and Vandoren companies, and performs exclusively on these products. He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory (BM, MM) and Eastman (Performer’s Certificate, DMA). His teachers have included Ken Radnofsky and Ramon Ricker.
Registration deadline: August 31, 2018
Parents who have participants in the program that will be under age 18 prior to the start of the event, must download and complete the Participation and Agreement Waiver. Completed Waivers must be emailed to [email protected] for the student registration to be complete.