Saturday May 25, 2024

Zagreb World Sax Congress


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Suspirium Duo

Kendra Marie Wheeler is a soloist, chamber musician, improviser and music educator that frequently works and collaborates with artists in a wide range of settings and styles from classical to jazz to funk and beyond. She has performed at major venues all over the Midwest, including The Ordway and Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Wheeler has also performed recitals and presented masterclasses at events such as Dean Sorenson’s Jazz Festival, hosted at the University of Minnesota. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, grants, and awards including prizes from Schubert Club, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA), Downbeat Magazine and Vandoren. Wheeler is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Minnesota where she is a recipient of the prestigious Berneking Fellowship. She received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota in Music Education. Her primary teachers are Preston Duncan and Eugene Rousseau. Kyriaki Gkoudina is a PhD student in Composition at the University of Minnesota. Gkoudina earned her bachelor’s degree in Film Studies at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2015. While she has a specialization in Film Music, she has also intensely studied harmony and 16th century counterpoint at a private conservatory. In addition to her work as a composer, she is also an active researcher. Gkoudina has co-authored the book “Basic Music Technology” with Dr. Guerrino Mazzola, composition professor at the University of Minnesota and published a research article entitled “The Origin of the Universe: A case study” regarding music and astrophysics in the “Collective Papers of Academy of Arts” journal in Serbia. Furthermore, Gkoudina's work does not only include her research and compositions for plays, films, documentaries, chamber groups, solo instruments and voice, but she is also a sound designer for interactive performances and films.

Kendra Wheeler, saxophone
Kyriaki Gkoudina, electronics
Suspirium Duo2



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