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Dr. Kenneth Saxon has performed in Italy, Singapore, Mexico, and throughout the United States. In 2007, he was recognized as a Distinguished Musician by judges at the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition held in Ragusa-Ibla, Sicily.

He is also a dedicated music educator, and his many former students make significant contributions to the music education of young people in South Texas. These young pianists and singers have inspired his work as a pianist and as a teacher. Saxon\'s first article addressing sight reading, "Teaching Sight-Reading: Old Saws and New Tools for Effective Sight-Reading Skills" reflects his work with these students. It appears online at the Piano Pedagogy Forum. His subsequent articles have expanded on his initial work in sight reading, offering a fresh and successful approach for developing sight-reading skills. These articles are "The Secrets of Sight-Reading" in Pianist Magazine No. 37 and "The Science of Sight Reading" recently published in the June/July 2009 American Music Teacher.

In 2005, Saxon released his first solo recording, 13 Preludes, Op.32 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (Plum 052).* Saxon\'s intense performances of the Preludes have garnered accolades in Mexico, the United States and Italy. Listeners have noted the pianist\'s dedication to Rachmaninoff\'s score and his success in bringing the music to life as the composer intended it. A new recording of works by Schumann, Chopin and Bartok will be available in 2010.

Saxon has also recorded Kawai Shiu\'s "clear shade" for the CD, music of Kawai Shiu (SSR0004) and Shiu\'s "Winter Tide" for the CD, eXchange: China (CRI805). During the spring of 2005, he premiered Shiu\'s piano piece la negacion de simbolos with was written for him.

As a collaborative ianist, Saxon has performed with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Louis Lane, Kawai Shiu, Stafford and Rebecca Turner, Andrea Dawson and many others. Saxon is the Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at the University of Texas at Brownsville.

He holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Alabama where he was awarded a Graduate Council Fellowship. His teachers include Amanda Penick, Helen Ramsaur, Elizabeth Buday, Anthony di Bonaventura and Bela Nagy.

*(The Rachmanimoff) "Preludes are well-handled and really bring out what seem to be Saxon\'s strong points: fineness of touch, a penchant for gentle as opposed to dramatic music and excellent handling of polyphony."
William Kreindler - http://www.musicweb-international.com

Read "Old Saws and New Tools for Sight Reading Success"

13 Preludes Op. 32 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Kenneth Saxon
University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College
Department of Fine Arts
Brownsville, TX 78520

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