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Doug O'Connor

Winner of Astral Artists' 2003 National Auditions, 25-year-old American Doug O'Connor was also recently named 2nd Prize winner of the 2nd International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, 2nd Prize winner in the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance Classical Solo Competition, the 1st Prize National Winner of the MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition in Toronto, and he has appeared in American Symphony Orchestra League magazine as a 2007 Emerging Artist. Recently he also received the coveted Eastman School of Music Performer's Certificarte. In addition, he was named the winner of the 2004 National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists Competition, the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra's Mary Graham Lasley competition. Mr. O'Connor has performed in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., including appearances at the Kimmel Center, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. His teachers include Ramon Ricker, Chien-Kwan Lin, Dale Underwood and Timothy Roberts. In 2005 he received his Bachelor of Music Performance degree in saxophone from the University of Maryland, where he was also music director and conductor of its Philharmonia Ensemble chamber orchestra, and in 2008 he has recently received his Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. Committed to performing a wide variety of music, including transcriptions, traditional repertoire, chamber works, contemporary music, and world-premieres, O'Connor's passion lies in making classical music come alive for all kinds of people. Astral Artists, a Philadelphia non-profit classical artist development agency, has presented O'Connor in over 70 recitals for community centers, schools, and senior homes, and also in ticketed events in many major USA concert venues: a world-premiere program featuring other Astral artists at Philadelphia's new National Constitution Center, a “Rising Stars” concert (as soloist with The Haddonfield Symphony Chamber Orchestra in Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto), as well as in recital at the Trinity Center, the Kimmel Center, Merkin Hall in New York City, and more events this upcoming season. Mr. O'Connor is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he has performed and recorded with the prestigious Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Canadian Brass, the Red Line Saxophone Quartet, and where he coaches the undergraduate saxophone quartet program. In the upcoming season, O'Connor's busy performance schedule will feature him with Branford Marsalis and the Alexandria Symphony, and also as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.