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KU saxophone professor invited to participate in numerous international activities this fall

Monday, October 11, 2010

Vince Gnojek, professor of saxophone, has been invited to participate in a variety of international activities this fall. In November he will be a featured artist and adjudicator at the International Arts Festival 2010 in Genting Highlands, Malaysia. He will also be the guest soloist with the Nanyang Polytechnic University Wind Ensemble in Singapore, and will serve as a saxophone clinician at schools throughout Singapore. In December he will be in Mexico City at the National University of Mexico School of Music, XI International University Saxophone Conference 2010. Gnojek will perform a classical/jazz recital, present a reed clinic and adjudicate the International Saxophone Competition.

As a saxophone soloist, Vince Gnojek has appeared with orchestras, wind ensembles, and jazz ensembles in Singapore, Costa Rica, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Switzerland, Germany, Macau, Thailand, China, and throughout the United States. He has also performed in forty-two states and in Mexico, Canada, Portugal, and Thailand as the alto saxophonist with the highly acclaimed Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet. Gnojek has been a member of the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his first solo recording, CROSSINGS, he is the featured soloist on John Mackey's Concerto for soprano saxophone with the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble on its compact disc WILD NIGHTS on the NAXOS label, released in April 2009. He has also recorded with the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet, as a member of Steve Reich's Contemporary Music Ensemble, as the alto saxophonist with the Kansas Woodwinds, and with the Kansas City Boulevard Big Band. Gnojek is an active saxophone clinician at music festivals and conferences, academies and conservatories of music, universities, colleges and high schools throughout the world. In 2007 he was the recipient of the 12th Annual Phoenix Award for outstanding artistic achievement in Performing Arts presented by the Lawrence Arts Commission. The University of Kansas Saxophone Quartet I has been selected as the Outstanding Chamber Music Group in the United States and Canada by Down Beat magazine's Annual Student Music Awards on five different occasions.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or music.ku.edu.


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