(11:30, Thursday 12 July, St Leonards Auditorium)
Thomas Liley — Alto Saxophone; Claire Docherty — Violin; Xiaobo Nestler — Piano
Thomas Liley has appeared throughout the United States and in Canada, China, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia in solo and chamber music performances. Works have been written for him by Claude Baker, James Barnes, David DeBoor Canfield, William Davis, and Frederick Fox. He is a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to the Saxophone, author of Eugene Rousseau: With Casual Brilliance, Director of Scholarly Publications for the North American Saxophone Alliance, and a member of the Comité International de Saxophone.
In addition to appearing at several World Saxophone Congresses, Liley twice has performed and lectured at the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium and the Sichuan Central Conservatory of Music in Chengdu. Liley received the degree of Doctor of Music from Indiana University and is a former member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. He has been a Guest Professor of Saxophone at Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, and the University of Iowa. A Yamaha Performing Artist, Liley is a Professor of Music at Joliet Junior College in Illinois. He performs exclusively on E. Rousseau mouthpieces and Rico reeds.
Claire Docherty was born in Edinburgh and studied violin at St. Mary’s Music School and the RSAMD. At post-graduate level she studied at the Royal College of Music with Felix Andrievsky. While there she was awarded the college’s most prestigious prize, The Tagore Gold Medal and The Worshipful Company of Musician’s Silver Medal. She subsequently travelled to the USSR to study with Vladimir Spivakov at the Gnessin Institute Moscow. She was recipient of many scholarships including a Caird Travelling Scholarship, and the STUC James Milne Scholarship for study in the USSR. She performs as a soloist and recitalist as well as teaching at St. Mary’s Music School. She plays regularly with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.