Although members of this ensemble have played in groups together in the past, the Friends Saxophone quartet
was formed solely for this performance of Bach’s music for saxophone quartet. Australian-based saxophonist Justin Kenealy
is currently completing his PhD in Music Performance at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research project is concerned with transcriptions for the saxophone and he is transcribing 5 violin works for saxophone, two of which will be performed at the Congress. Kenealy has performed as soloist throughout Australia, France, the United States, and China. He performs regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria and has also received guest invitations to perform with the Australian International Opera Company, the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Orchestra, the Royal Australian Air Force Band. Kenealy’s playing has also been featured on ABC Classic FM, Foxtel Arts Channel and the Chandos recording label. Kenealy made his concerto debut in 2015, performing the Henri Tomasi Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Symphony Orchestra. He has since performed as soloist with The Melbourne Musicians Orchestra, Preston Symphony Orchestra and The University of Melbourne Wind Symphony. Kenealy is also a keen music educator. As well as lecturing in Music Performance at the University of Melbourne, he maintains an active teaching studio at Carey Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia, where he provides lessons for approximately 50 woodwind students. He has also appeared as a guest mentor of 3mbs FM’s The Talent competition.
Justin Kenealy, soprano saxophone
Kathryn Cooper, alto saxophone
Drake Stoughton, tenor saxophone
Joey Speranzo, baritone saxophone