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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Benjamin Sorrell

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Name: Benjamin Sorrell
Website: http://www.benjaminsorrell.com
Presentation Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 9:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Recital Hall
Presentation Title: Premiere and Transcription
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Solo Performance
Proposal Duration: 16

Dr. Benjamin Sorrell is Lecturer in Saxophone and Chamber Music at California State University, Northridge, maintains a large private studio, and regularly coaches at schools in the US and Japan. Performances include Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival in South Korea, Monday Evening Concert Series, The Stone, University of Colorado at Boulder’s Pendulum New Music Series, and performs regularly with S-Tet Saxophone Quartet and San Diego Symphony. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California and New England Conservatory, and currently resides in Los Angeles and performs regularly as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, exploring repertoire ranging from the baroque to contemporary, and has commissioned or premiered more than 20 new works for the saxophone.

Other Performers / Participants


Akina Motoyama



In demand as a soloist, chamber musician and instructor, Akina Motoyama, born in Nagasaki, Japan, first studied piano at age 4 with her mother. Following studies with Yukiko Kawaguchi, she went on to study at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo with Makiko Yamasaki.

Artists she has recently worked with include saxophonist Timothy McAllister, violinist Peter Marsh, conductor/ violist Heiichiro Ohyama, and composers Frank Ticheli and Sean Friar.

Akina holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance form the University of Southern California where she was recipient of the Keyboard Studies Ensemble Award and the Most Outstanding Piano Graduate for the Graduate Diploma program, both under the tutelage of Kevin Fitz-Gerald.

Akina is currently a full-time staff pianist at Riverside City College, regularly performs with saxophonist Jessica Maxfield, the USC Saxophone Studio, and her husband Benjamin Sorrell. 

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Untitled Nanao Yamada 10
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major Op. 13 Gabriel Fauré 6