Affiliation: Cleveland Institute of Music - Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone
Kent State University - Assistant Professor of Saxophone
Baldwin-Wallace College - Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies
Greg Banaszak, one of todays 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. His upcoming performing engagements are scheduled well into the future, worldwide. 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 Viennas Bsendorfer Concert Hall, the Royal Palace in Warsaw, Poland, and New Yorks Lincoln Centers Bruno Walter Hall. He has presented masterclasses
at Austrias Musik Hochschule, the Cairo Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Tanglewood Institute. 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. Banaszaks most recent critically acclaimed 2-CD set Romances for Saxophone and Orchestra, is available on the Centaur Records label. The album features Romantic Saxophone concerti with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra of Krakow, Poland, conducted by Maestro Piotr Borkowski. He
has also recorded on the Chanson, Hyperion and Open Loop labels.
Mr. Banaszak was recently appointed to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences as 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 Pro Tec and Oleg Products. He has performed as saxophonist for the Cleveland Orchestra.
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 dAnnecy 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, he can be heard on films scores for HBO Films, LionsGate Films, Miramax, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.
Mr. Banaszak is represented exclusively by Phoenix Classical Ltd. of Canada.
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Greg Banaszak will be touring Germany and Poland with the Berliner Opera Symphoniker and the Gorzow Philharmonic featuring the Music of Charlie Parker Bird with Strings throughout the month of August.
EMI Classics has recently released a live Concerto DVD featuring Banaszak performing with The Korean Chamber Orchestra- Maestro Min Kim " Artistic Director.
Banaszak, has been selected by the European Unions Ministry of Culture and Advisory Board to present a three-month concert tour from June through August 2012, that will premiere a new American composer\'s saxophone concerto. As part of this prestigious honor, he will perform in each capital city within the European Union, beginning in Brussels, Belgium, in May 2012. This collaboration will expose European audiences to the rich, cultural diversity represented in the United States. Performances will be held in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, France, Spain, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Hungary and Belgium. The selection, which was led by Monseiur Cezariusz Gadzina, was a result of Banaszak performing American repertoire of David Morgan while touring as a concerto soloist with the Berliner Opera Symphoniker in November of 2010.
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