Fine Artists at Five – Steven Banks


Contributed by Gordon Rowland

Please join us at 5PM for Fine Artists at Five. The link to join the call is available in the Fine Artists at Five Forum of Keep Teaching on Sakai.

Our guest today, Friday, May 1 is Steven Banks.

Steven Banks is recognized for his “glowing mahogany tone” (Seen and Heard International) and “breathtaking” (Classical Voice of NC) performances. He is a classical saxophonist, chamber musician, music educator, advocate for diversity and inclusion in classical music, and composer. As a recital soloist, Banks regularly performs on various music series and as a guest artist at universities around the country. He also has an ongoing relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra, having performed with the legendary ensemble in Severance Hall, Carnegie Hall, and at the Blossom Music Center. Banks has performed as a concerto soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Indiana University Symphony Orchestra, Durham Symphony, Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Banks is the baritone saxophonist of the award-winning Kenari Quartet. And as a jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, Banks has performed alongside members and former members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Buddy Rich Big Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, among others.

Fine Artists at Five is hosted by the Center for Faculty Excellence