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
Artist's BiographyGreg Banaszak, one of todayâ€™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. 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 Viennaâ€™s BÃ¶sendorfer Concert Hall, the Royal Palace in Warsaw, Poland, and New Yorkâ€™s Lincoln Centerâ€™s Bruno Walter Hall. He has presented masterclasses
at Austriaâ€™s 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. Banaszakâ€™s most recent critically acclaimed 2-CD set â€œRomances for Saxophone and Orchestraâ€, 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 â€œwith distinctionâ€ from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and an Artist Diploma from the Centre Musical dâ€™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 â€œTour de Forceâ€ 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.