The Penn State saxophone studio welcomes the saxophone duo of Ogni Suoni, formed by Kent State University faculty member Noa Even and Phil Pierick, the coordinator of undergraduate saxophones at the Eastman School of Music. The duo presents a recital at 5:30 which is preceded by a public masterclass from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in 128 Music Building II.
Ogni Suono was formed in 2009 to expand and promote contemporary music for saxophone duo. The performers collaborate regularly with composers and other performers, presenting diverse programs to a wide range of audiences across the United States and abroad. Notable international performances include a residency at Western University in Ontario and appearances at the inaugural Singapore Saxophone Symposium and at the 16th World Saxophone Congress in Scotland. They have also performed in Houston, Boston, New York, Baltimore and throughout the Midwest.
Emphasizing the importance of education, Ogni Suono’s performances are often accompanied by masterclasses, clinics, and outreach programs that range from saxophone-specific topics to contemporary music and free improvisation. They have worked with young saxophonists in Chicago, Houston, Singapore, and Songkhla, Thailand. As winners of a 2012-2013 CMS Yamaha-in-Residence Fellowship, Ogni Suono presented outreach programs at the Iowa Children’s Museum, Iowa City public schools, and Oaknoll Retirement Community in May 2013.
In January 2014, Ogni Suono released Invisible Seams, their debut album featuring six original pieces commissioned by the duo. For more information, please visit the Ogni Suono website.
Born in Israel and raised in the Boston area, Noa Even is a saxophonist specializing in the interpretation of contemporary literature. She regularly collaborates with emerging and established composers, presenting new music throughout the United States and abroad. As the only American prizewinner at the 3rd Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, she performed a concerto with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2011. She also performed with the BG Philharmonia in February 2013 after winning Bowling Green State University’s concerto competition. She was a finalist in the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition in March 2013, and won second place in both the MTNA National Young Artist and Chamber Competitions in Atlanta, GA in 2009.
Noa currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Kent State University and is a doctoral candidate in the contemporary music program at Bowling Green State University. She obtained her master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. Additionally, Noa studied in Paris at the Conservatoire Rayonnement Rgional de Boulogne-Billancourt. Her primary instructors include John Sampen, Debra Richtmeyer, Jean-Michel Goury, and Fred Hemke.
A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Phil Pierick is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. He holds the position of coach and coordinator of undergraduate saxophone quartets at Eastman.
Phil received bachelor and master's degrees in performance and musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Debra Richtmeyer and served as saxophone teaching assistant. He is a three-time prizewinner at the MTNA National Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions (2012, 2011, 2009), won third prize in the 2012 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, was named Vandoren Emerging Artist of 2011, and won the 2012 University of Illinois Concerto Competition. During his undergraduate studies, Phil received the Armstrong Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Performance and was also named a Theodore Presser Scholar, the school's highest recognitions in performance and scholarship respectively. As a concerto soloist, Phil has performed with the Illinois Wind Symphony, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and City High School Symphony Orchestra. Phil can be heard with Hi-Def Saxophone Quartet and the University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble on the Mark Records release World Without Words.
As national winner of the 2009-2010 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians, Phil studied in Paris with French saxophonist Jean-Michel Goury at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt. He pursued additional study with Jean-Marie Londeix, Frederick Hemke, and Marie-Bernadette Charrier.