Congratulations to 19 year-old Steven Banks, a student of Otis Murphy, who won the Jacobs School woodwind concerto competition Feb. 10 and will perform the Creston Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra on Wednesday April 10 at 8pm with the Symphony Orchestra. Guest David Hayes will conduct a concert that includes the Berlioz Overture to Benvenuto Cellini and the Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 “Reformation”.
The runner-up for the competition was flutist Michelle Choi, a student of Kathryn Lukas.
About Steve Banks
Saxophonist Steven Banks, age 19, has been described as “a breath-taking performer” by the Classical Voice of North Carolina. He is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. Banks is currently a sophomore in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the instruction of Dr. Otis Murphy. He is a recipient of the Jacobs Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards given in the School of Music. Steven regularly performs as both a soloist and an ensemble player with the Kenari Saxophone Quartet and Indiana University Symphonic Band.
Since his solo debut at age 17 with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, Steven has performed and competed nationwide. Banks has won top prizes in several competitions, including 1st prizes at the 2011 Joseph M. Bryan Concerto Competition and the Durham Symphony Young Artist Competition. Steven was also chosen to perform on NPR’s From the Top on show 241 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
As a jazz and commercial saxophonist, Steven performs with the Jeremy Allen Jazz Ensemble and the Indiana University Soul Revue. He has played and recorded with various combos and big bands. In high school, Steven primarily studied jazz with Ronald Rudkin. He also studied and performed with jazz drummer Joe Chambers, and saxophonist Ralph Bowen.
Steven is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Taimur Sullivan, baritone saxophonist of the renowned Prism Saxophone Quartet. He attended the Interlochen Arts Camp under the tutelage of Timothy McAllister. Steven has participated in master classes with Christopher Creviston, Joe Lulloff, the ZZYZX saxophone quartet and the United States Marine Band saxophone quartet.