Bowling Green State University
Segetem Saxophone Quartet
Soren Hamm, soprano saxophone
Claire Salli, alto saxophone
Jonathan Kierspe, tenor saxophone
Piyaphon Asawakarnjanakit, baritone saxophone
Ciudades, Guillermo Lago
Quartour pour Saxophones, Guy Lacour
Recitation Book, David Maslanka
V. Fanfare/Variations on the chorale melody Durch Adams Fall (Through Adam’s fall)
Heard on the popular radio programs "Performance Today" and "Northwest Focus Live," saxophonist Soren Hamm has won awards from Seattle’s Frances Walton Competition, the MTNA Competition and the University of Oregon, among other organizations. Hamm holds a deep passion for contemporary saxophone music, especially works by young, living composers. As a result, he has given dozens of premieres of new solo and chamber works, and frequently performs at new music festivals throughout the United States. His teachers include John Sampen, Idit Shner and Fred Winkler.
Claire Salli is a first year master's degree student studying saxophone performance at Bowling Green State University with John Sampen and currently serves as one of his graduate assistants. She received her undergraduate degree in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Nathan Nabb. Salli has already had a successful start to her career as an educator and performer. She has maintained a private lesson studio and taught masterclasses across Texas, Michigan and Ohio. She has appeared as a guest soloist with the SFA Orchestra of the Pines and has participated in masterclasses for artists such as Frederick Hemke, Christopher Creviston, the H2 Quartet and the Oasis Quartet.
Jonathan Kierspe is a graduate student at Bowling Green State University, where he studies with John Sampen. As a master's degree student, Kierspe currently serves as the teaching assistant for the woodwind techniques class. He received his undergraduate degree in performance at the University of South Carolina under Clifford Leaman. During his studies so far, he has had the opportunity to play with the Augusta Symphony and Limestone College. He also received first place in the South Carolina MTNA, second place in the WDAV Young Chamber Groups Competition, and has performed for artists such as Claude Delange, Kenneth Tse, Tim Meyer and the Imani Winds.
Piyaphon Asawakarnjanakit started to play saxophone when he was 12 years old. In 2008, he attended the Pre-College of Music program at Mahidol University in Thailand where he studied with Shyen Lee. In 2011, he continued to study music performance at the same university, graduating in 2014. That year, he advanced to the semi-final round of the fourth Jean-Marie Londeix competition and was the only candidate who played baritone saxophone in the first round. He is a guest teacher for the Asian Pacific Saxophone Academy. Piyaphon is a graduate student at Bowling Green State University where he is studying with John Sampen.