Sopranino Saxophone SOPR500
Greg Banaszak, one of
today’s leading saxophonists, has performed with orchestras and at concert
halls throughout the world. He has
appeared as concerto soloist and recitalist throughout the United States,
Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, including the countries
of France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Egypt, South
Korea, The Dominican Republic, and Japan.
Mr. Banaszak is one of the
most sought after orchestral saxophone soloists of his generation. As one of
the few saxophonists active in both the classical and jazz mediums, Mr.
Banaszak includes a combination of concerto performances, solo and chamber
music recitals, and jazz festival appearances. He has presented recitals in such prestigious concert
halls as Vienna’s Bösendorfer
Concert Hall, the Royal Palace in Warsaw,
Poland, and New York’s Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Hall. He has presented
master classes at Austria’s Musik Hochschule, the Cairo Conservatory,
Oberlin Conservatory, and the Tanglewood Institute and has served as Orchestral saxophonist for the leading
opera orchestras of Warsaw, Berlin, Paris, and Cleveland. Mr. Banaszak was the first saxophone concerto soloist to appear with
orchestras in both the Middle East and Korea, including performances with the
Cairo Symphony and the Taegu City Symphony. Mr Banaszak has been under the baton of
such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Philippe Entremont and Randy Newman.
Mr. Banaszak’s critically
acclaimed CDs, “Duo Concertos for Alto
Saxophone, Flute, and Orchestra”, “Romances
for Saxophone and Orchestra” and “Saxophone
Concertos”, are available on
the Centaur Records label.
He has also recorded on the Chanson, DUX, MMO and Open Loop labels.
2009 Mr. Banaszak was the first saxophone soloist to appear at the 14th annual
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Polish Music Festival, performing with the Vienna
Chamber Orchestra; he premiered two concertos dedicated to him by celebrated
composer Krzesimir Dębski. He was also the first saxophone concerto soloist
to perform and tour with the Berlin Opera Symphoniker Orchestra
As a member of the National
Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr.
Banaszak is a voting member for the annual Grammy Awards ceremony. He serves
on the faculties of the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Case Western
Reserve University. He is a Vandoren
Performing Artist, Selmer Saxophone clinician, and Rovner
Products consultant, and endorses RS Berkeley instruments as well as
Lawton mouthpieces, DeJacques Inc., Pro Tec and Oleg Products. He has performed as saxophonist for the
Mr. Banaszak is a B.M. cum laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music. He holds a M.M. degree “with distinction” from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and
an Artist Diploma from the Centre Musical d’Annecy in France. He cites his successful career on having
studied with such prominent masters as Vincent Abato, Daniel Deffayet and jazz
legend Jackie McLean, as well as David Pituch, and David Schiavone. Hailed as a Saxophonist “Tour de Force” by the New York Times, Mr. Banaszak is represented exclusively by Phoenix
Classical Ltd. of Canada.