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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Xin Gao

Mark your calendars now to join us Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13, 2022 for the NASA 2022 Biennial Conference at Oklahoma State University, Greenwood School of Music in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


Saxophone Player

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Name: Xin Gao
Website: http://xingaosax.com
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 9:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Organ Hall
Presentation Title: Ren Duo with Xin Gao and Taiki Azuma - Music for Two Saxophones
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 18
Bio: Xin Gao hails from Chengdu, China, currently serves as the assistant professor of saxophone and music theory at Truman State University. He was the first place winner at the MTNA National Young Artist Competition in 2011, finalist at the ISSAC in 2014, and twice semi-finalist at the International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition in 2008 and 2014. With QuadrAtomic Saxophone quartet, he reached the finals of both the Fischoff and Coleman competitions, and the group was awarded the Coleman-Saunderson Prize. He performed solo recitals and concertos across the U.S. and China. As a chamber musician, his experience with Ren Duo, Sirocco Reed Quintet, New Century Saxophone Quartet, QuadATOMIC Saxophone Quartet, and Road of Creativity (ROC) ensemble all played significant roles in forming his musical identity. Gao has received D.M.A. from UNCG, MM, and BM from Duquesne University. His primary saxophone teachers are Steve Stusek, Connie Frigo, James Houlik, and Yusheng Li. 
Ensemble Bio: The Ren Duo formed in Greensboro, NC between Dr. Xin Gao, Assistant Professor of Music at Truman State University, and Taiki Azuma, Adjunct Professor of Music at Fayetteville State University and UNC-Pembroke, having premiered works at 2017 International Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, VA, 2018 NASA Biennial in Cinicinnati, OH and at Truman State University in 2019 in Kirksville, MO. Their continued collaborations extend into repertoire of all woodwinds given their extensive background as woodwind doublers.

Other Performers / Participants


Taiki Azuma

Baritone Saxophone

Bio: Taiki Azuma currently serves as the Adjunct Lecturer of Applied Woodwinds at Fayetteville State University as well as the Interim Instructor of Saxophone at UNC-Pembroke. He is a doctoral candidate in saxophone performance and is dual-enrolled in Post Baccalaureate Certificate programs in Oboe Performance and Music Education at UNC-Greensboro. He has premiered and performed a number of new works for saxophone and woodwinds at various instrumental conferences and clinics as both a soloist and chamber musician, including the Ren Duo with Dr. Xin Gao and the Sirocco Reed Quintet (2017 New Music Greensboro Artists-in-Residence, performers of ClarinetFest 2019). His research on the connection of body to sound has been presented at various venues including the 2019 Midwestern Conductor's Symposium in Kirksville, MO. His teachers include Dale Underwood and Steven Stusek. He has completed additional studies with renowned saxophonist, Nobuya Sugawa, as a student of the 25th Hamamatsu International Wind Academy in Japan.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Sonata for Violin and Cello Maurice Ravel 18