Recognized for his “deeply felt lyricism” and “expert shaping of a dramatic arc” (Cleveland Classical), Steven Banks is an ambassador for the classical saxophone. He is establishing himself as both a compelling and charismatic soloist, dedicated to showcasing the vast capabilities of the instrument, and an advocate for expanding its repertoire. This season, Mr. Banks appeared as concerto soloist under the direction of Peter Oundjian, first at the Colorado Music Festival in performances of works by Glazunov and Ibert, and later with the Colorado Symphony, performing John Adams’ Concerto. Mr. Banks also appeared on subscription concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra in Philip Glass’ Façades with John Adams on the podium. Additional solo engagements include the Mozart Concerto in C Major with the Westmoreland Symphony and the Oregon Mozart Players, as well as repeat with the Erie Philharmonic. Next season, Steven will be premiering a concerto written for him by Billy Childs, performing with the National Symphony Orchestras, as well as the orchestras of Cincinnati, Detroit, Minnesota, Kansas City, San Diego, The Boston Pops, and the Chautauqua and Aspen Music Festivals. Recital invitations this season included Festival Napa Valley, Usedomer Musik Festival in Germany, Kennedy Center, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, Mary Baldwin University, Clemson University, Tannery Pond, and Clarion Concerts with Xak Bjerken, and this summer, the Spoleto and Aspen Music Festivals.