Capitol Quartet, John Hallberg, Ricardo Martinez, Benjamin Boone, Anton Smirnoff, Scott Morris
This comprehensive course is designed to transform students into performers. Lessons will be conducted by world-renown musicians through an intense study to heighten strengths during performance. Students will learn effective tips to market their brand, collaborate with composers and arrangers, and familiarize with recording studio practices.
College-level players (undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate), exceptional high school players, and advanced adult recreational players.
The Capitol Quartet's eclectic repertoire features contemporary works for saxophone, transcriptions of classical and jazz favorites, jazz originals, and traditional French quartet compositions. A recent commission and premiere, Carter Pann’s Tlhe MECHANICS: Six From The Shop Floor, was named as a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in music.
John Hallberg is a saxophone performer and educator currently based in Southern California. He has performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia in venues such as Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Segerstrom Hall, Mozart Concert Hall of Zuhai, McCormick Place, Bovard Auditorium, and at numerous university campuses around the world.
Ricardo Martinez was Grand Prize Winner in the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and First Prize Winner in the 2017 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. At University of the Pacific, Martinez has collaborated with the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet, artists-in-residence at the Conservatory of Music. He frequently participates in consortiums and collaborates with composers.
Saxophonist/composer Benjamin Boone’s Origin Records album, The Poetry of Jazz, was recognized as a milestone poetry/jazz project, “an album of unmistakable… historic importance” (UK Vibe) upon its release in 2018. Boone’s contemporary classical compositions have garnered honors and awards from organizations such as the International Society of Contemporary Music, Billboard Magazine, the American Music Center, and many other organizations.
Anton Smirnoff received bachelor’s degree from Novosibirsk State Conservatory in Novosibirsk, Russia, his artist diploma from Oberlin Conservatory, and master’s degree from Yale University. He made more than 1000 public performances world-wide at venues that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall, Walt Disney Hall, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Scott Morris gave his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 1998. He has since appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North and Central America, Europe and Asia. He studied at Yale University, the USC Thornton School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, Musician’s Institute (GIT) and the Mozarteum Sommerakademie (Salzburg, Austria). His latest recording for AIX Records is called “Phonology: The Music of Erik Satie for Guitar,” which includes performances with Grammy-winner Andrew York. He is the author of the popular series of method books titled “Classical Guitar Complete: From Basic to Bach.” Scott currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is chair of the Department of Music at California State University, Dominguez Hills.