Anthony Brown (saxophone)
As a saxophonist, Anthony has recently graduated with an International Artist Diploma in chamber music from the Royal Northern College of Music on a full scholarship. During his time as an undergraduate on the BMus course, he has honed a vast skill set that has launched his professional career in music. Under the tuition of Rob Buckland, Carl Raven and Andy Scott, Anthony has become a self-assured orchestral player, soloist and ensemble player. At the pinnacle of his fourth year of study at the RNCM, Anthony attained 100% in his final recital; a first for any woodwind student at the RNCM, as well as a First Class Honours degree. In June 2011, he played the Berio Sequenza VIIb for soprano saxophone in the RNCM's woodwind soloist competition, winning first prize. Later on in the year he was nominated by the Principal, Jonty Stockdale, for the Worshipful Company of Musicians' prestigious silver medal. Following an audition with The Company, Anthony has been successful in securing a recital with pianist Leo Nicholson at the Wigmore Hall on the 1st July 2013.
Anthony went on to compete in the 23rd Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition, winning first prize. From 164 entrants of 35 nationalities, the final consisted of 25 competitors. The prize included 17 performance opportunities around the UK including 4 concertos with different orchestras.
In 2011 he joined Absolution Saxophone Quartet and shortly after, performed Tristan Keuris' Saxophone Concerto with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, a piece that had not been performed in the UK for over 20 years. They have also been accepted onto the schemes Making Music, Live Music Now! and Music in Hospitals. He enjoys working closely with special needs children, providing workshops with the quartet across the North West.
Anthony made his symphony orchestra debut with the RNCM in 2010, performing Ravel's Bolero, and was later booked for a performance with Manchester Concert Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall in December 2010 performing the same piece.
His love for contemporary music led to one of the most well received ensemble performances he has given; a UK Premiere of Friedrich Cerha's Saxophone Quartet at the RNCM's Kaleidoscope Festival as leader of the Urbis Saxophone Quartet in 2010. This performance sparked great interest from members of staff within the institution and led to a concerto performance of John Casken's Distant Variations for Saxophone Quartet and Wind Orchestra on 4th March 2011 at Manchester University.
Anthony's versatility means that he is also a confident jazz player. He has enjoyed European competition success as part of the saxophone section in Beats and Pieces Big Band winning the Burghausen Jazz Prize 2011. This provided much needed funding for their first album Big Ideas, released at the start of 2012. The band also headlined the Brit Jazz Festival in 2011 at Ronnie Scott's.