David Baker, Alto Saxophone
David Baker is a classical saxophonist and music educator based in New York City, originally hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an active solo and chamber music performer, in addition to frequent orchestral/large ensemble performances. Recent highlights include Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances" with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Milhaud's "La Creation du Monde" with the Camerata Nova. In 2021, he was named the 1st place winner of the CAPMT Concerto Competition in California, performing Erland von Koch's "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra". He currently holds the alto saxophone chair in the Zēlos quartet.
David is currently working towards his Doctorate in Saxophone Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Paul Cohen. He completed his Master’s Degree in 2022 from San José State University studying with Michael Hernandez of the critically acclaimed MANA Quartet. In the summer of 2022, David had the opportunity to travel to Germany to study with Carina Rascher, the founding soprano saxophonist of the world famous Rascher Saxophone Quartet, and aims to carry on their legacy of excellence in saxophone performance.
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