(14:30, Thursday 12 July, St Leonards Auditorium)
(09.00, Friday 13 July, St Leonards Auditorium)
Thomas Giles — Alto Saxophone, Liz Ames — Piano
The Giles-Ames duo formed as a result of attaining permission from composer Jan Sandström to write a piano reduction and perform this new version of his concerto, My Assam Dragon, in recital. They have planned a tour in Europe during the summer of 2012.
Consecutively in 2007 and 2008, Thomas Giles was recognized as Classical Student Soloist of the Year, by Downbeat Magazine. He has won first prizes at the Midland-Odessa International Woodwind Concert Artist Competition, MMTA Young Concert Artist Division, and was a finalist in the International Coeur D’Alene Concerto Competition. He has been featured in several concerto performances with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, performing works by Lars-Erik Larsson, Karel Husa, and William Bolcom. Thomas currently attends Illinois State University, where he is pursuing a Master of Music Degree.
Liz Ames is a collaborative pianist who is passionate about performing and working with instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers. Liz performed at the International Double Reed Society Conference in June 2012 and played in master classes for Richard Woodhams, Nicholas Daniel, and John Steinmetz. She has been working with the Henry Brant estate to create a published piano reduction for his monumental saxophone concerto and with other international composers for whom she is creating piano reductions of their saxophone concerti. Liz is currently working toward her DMA in Collaborative Piano at Arizona State University.