Featured Artists

Check out some of the local and guest artists performing at the 2019 conference!

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Preston Duncan - Conference Host

An internationally acclaimed performer and educator based out of Minneapolis, Preston Duncan has been hailed as “displaying his saxophone mastery” (The Indianapolis Star) with “virtuosic brilliance” (the Muncie Start/Press) as a “terrific talent” (Marvin Hamlisch).  

He has appeared as soloist throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe.  He has performed on over 65 occasions as soloist with large ensembles including The Indianapolis Symphony Orchesta, La Grande Orchestre des Alpes de la Mer of Nice, the Bowling Green State University Philharmonic, the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and many others.  He has performed internationally in such prestigious venues as the Salle Verdi (Milan), the American Embassy (Paris), The Royal Conservatory (Brussels), Circle Theater (Indianapolis), UNAM Hall (Mexico City), the National University (Taipei), Salle Verdi (Montevideo), the National Conservatory (Zagreb), the National Conservatory (San Jose), and Disneyland (Los Angeles).

As a chamber musician he has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Pops, The Minnesota Pops, The Indianapolis Symphony and with such acclaimed artists as Rosemary Clooney, Azmira-Woodward-Page, Marvin Hamlisch and Jeremy Denk.  

Duncan was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Paris, France.He has won numerous awards and prizes including 1st prize in the MTNA National Woodwind Competition.  He was the featured performer and educator at the 1st Annual Taiwanese National Saxophone Festival, the 12th Annual  Encuentro Universitario Internacional de Saxofón in Mexico City and Saxfest Costa Rica in 2015.  This summer will be the featured performer at the 4th International Festival of Saxophones in Montevideo Uruguay. 

Duncan currently teaches saxophone at the University of Minnesota.  During the summer he teaches on the faculty at Ticino Musica International in Lugano Switzerland and Shell Lake Arts Center. He has premiered works by Bernard Rands, Ernesto Pellegrini, Joseph Dangerfield, Kenneth Fuchs and many others.  Duncan performs exclusively on the Buffet Senzo saxophone and the Eugene Rousseau RC4 Mouthpiece.


Kenneth Tse - Featured Guest Artist

Hong Kong-born Kenneth Tse is widely recognized as one of the world's leading classical saxophonists. He burst onto the international music scene in 1996 after winning the New York International Artists Competitions and The Alex Award from the National Alliance for Excellence. The New York Times hailed him as a “young virtuoso.”  Both awards led to his debut performances at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall. Since then he has performed as a soloist on five continents. He has also been invited as a guest clinician at major music conferences hosted by the California Band Directors’ Association, the Iowa Bandmasters Association and The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference. He is often invited to give masterclasses at major music conservatories around the world including the Conservatoire de Paris, the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. More recently he served as a jury member at the prestigious 6th Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition in Belgium. Kenneth Tse has recorded seven CDs for the Crystal label and appears on twelve other recordings for the RIAX Records, Enharmonic Records, Arizona University Recordings and MSR Classics labels. A strong advocate for new music, he has premiered and recorded over thirty works dedicated to him by many noted American and international composers. His arrangements for the saxophone are published by Reed Music in Australia and he has also contributed many articles for the Saxophone Journal, The Instrumentalist, Fanfare, The Saxophone Symposium, Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Japan’s Piper and the Yamaha Education Suite. Kenneth Tse is currently Professor of Saxophone at The University of Iowa, Past-President of the International Saxophone Committee and North American Saxophone Alliance and founder of the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium.

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Alastair Wright - Featured Guest Artist

Ali Wright’s playing has been described as “tremendously technical and high flying” (KC Metropolis) and “dulcet-like…with a luminescent sheen” (Classical Voice of North Carolina). Originally from the United Kingdom, he holds music performance degrees from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where his primary teachers have been Naomi Sullivan, Taimur Sullivan and Zach Shemon. He joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2018, having previously taught saxophone at the University of Central Missouri. He is a Conn-Selmer endorsing artist.

As saxophone soloist, Ali has performed with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (as finalist in the 5th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition), Mid America Freedom Band, University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory Choir, the UK-based Thallein Contemporary Ensemble and Sutton Coldfield Orchestra. He has also performed with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and at the Open Spaces KC festival. Recent and upcoming projects include performances in China, Philadelphia and New York with PRISM Quartet, and the study and performance of music from various cultures around the world.

Ali is active as a chamber musician and tours regularly with his chamber group, Dionysus, which is made up of two saxophones and piano, a re-invention of the traditional piano trio. With this group he has toured the US and abroad, performing at Lincoln Center for Education (NYC), Interlochen Center for the Arts, St. Giles Cathedral (Edinburgh) and at several universities and colleges. His saxophone quartet, Dasch, were winners of the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance National Quartet Competition. They released their debut CD, Necessary Edges, in 2016 which was described as “exquisite” and “immaculate” (Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain).


Alex Terrier - Featured Guest Artist

French and New York based saxophonist Alex Terrier is a member of the Grammy Award winning Mingus Big Band. He leads several of his own projects and travel the world as a demanded sideman, guest artist and clinician.

His new album is featuring his Afro-Cuban band and will be released in 2019. His previous album was recorded with legendary pianist Kenny Barron. He has shared the stage and/or recorded with luminaries such as Paquito D’Rivera, Juan Ospina, Joe Farnsworth, George Garzone, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Roberto Fonseca, Idan Raichel, Vieux Farka Toure, just to name a few.

After studying at the National School Of Music in France, he went to Berklee College Of Music in Boston in 2004 to obtain a Bachelor Degree in Performance and Composition.

He has helped hundreds of musicians to develop and nurture their talent through the website www.jazzvideolessons.net 


Jacky Leung - Special Guest Artist

Jacky Leung is one of the most active young classical and pop Hong Kong-born saxophonists. He began his music studies at the age of 7 and he started to learn saxophone studies when he was 13. Since then, he started achieving grading and winning prizes with not only major instruments but also other woodwind and brass instruments like euphonium and trombone throughout his time in school.

He continued his bachelor study on Saxophone under Parsons Music Foundation Scholarships in Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) under the baton of Michael Campbell (ex-bass clarinetist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra). During his years of study in HKAPA, he had won the Concerto Competition for three years. In 2016, he completed his master degree as the first saxophone under a full scholarship from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund (Local Studies)

Jacky had given various musical styles of performances in many institutes, events and radio broadcast including Eastman School of Music (2012), World Saxophone Congress in Scotland (2012), Music China in Shanghai (2013 – 2016) and Radio Television Hong Kong (2016). He was also being invited as a guest soloist and guest quartet group in different important saxophone events including the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in Thailand (2016) and the opening concert in the first Asia Saxophone Congress (2016) in Taiwan. In 2017, Jacky was invited as the guest lecturer of “Lao Shan Art Lecture” held in Qingdao Grand Theatre, which was later aired in the Qing Dao TV Dangjian Channel. In 2017 & 2018, Jacky was invited twice to host masterclass & recital in Mahidol University, Thailand and he also conducted workshop and recital in Shantou University & Kuala Lumpur Performing Art Centre, Malaysia in 2018. In the same year, Jacky won the 2nd Runner up of Open Session, Solo Wind Instrument, 19th Osaka International Music Competition.

Apart from this, he also performed with a number of renowned artists including Vincent David, Timothy Roberts, Nathan Bogert, Kenny Tsai, Stephen Page etc.

Along with his instrumental career, Jacky leads a number of orchestras and concert bands as conductor & band director. Under his guidance, their performances and competition received very high recognition. In 2017, he also played and conducted in the concert with West Symphonia band from Singapore, which received high acclaim. In the same year, he has also served as one of the jury members of the Elbe Valley International Music Festival.

Jacky is also very committed in contributing to the community. He is currently the music director of Music Children Foundation ( http://musicchildren.org.hk/en/home/) providing free music training including different music curriculum & chamber music experience to underprivileged children in Hong Kong.

Last but not least, Jacky is also active in composition and arrangement work. He always arranged music to be performed by his chamber group ONLY ONE and he also wrote and composed many different varieties of pieces for school, organisation or commercial parties. In 2017 & 2018, he was also the producer of CD, "Fly High Little Ones @ Sham Shui Po" & “Amazing” for Music Children Foundation charity musical.

Jacky is the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong International Single Reed Association, Music Director of the Music Children Foundation and freelance saxophonist of the two most representative orchestras in Hong Kong namely the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.