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Biography

Called "insanely clever" by ClassicFM, UK Thomas Giles is a New York City-based saxophonist devoted to the performance of contemporary music and the creation of interdisciplinary work. He is the baritone chair of the MANA Quartet, performs a growing number of solo engagements, and often collaborates with artists of other media as multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and composer.

In the 2018/2019 season, Giles will appear as a concerto soloist with the ECHO Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco, premiere and tour a new edition of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Saxophone Quartet with MANA, and make debuts at Berkeley Chamber Performances and Bachfest Leipzig. Other recent highlights include concerto appearances with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse University Wind Ensemble, and the Brooklyn Wind Symphony; he has also performed with New York City Opera, Ensemble Contemporaneous, Metropolis Ensemble, New World Symphony, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, National Music Festival Orchestra, Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, MERGE Art Collective, and the Pig Iron Theater Company. Giles has worked closely with an increasing number of innovative composers in preparation for performances and recordings, including Meredith Monk, David Lang, Charles Wuorinen, Martin Bresnick, David Maslanka, Michael Colgrass, Troy Herion, William Brittelle, and the American indie-rock duo Wye Oak.

Giles has performed at such festivals and venues as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, PROTOTYPE Festival, American Repertory Theater at Harvard, FringeArts Philadelphia, Princeton University, Festival of New American Music, SoundWired Chicago, Atlanta’s Eyedrum New Music Gallery,  Jacksonville’s Friday Musicale, Music in the Mountains (CO), Nußloch Kulturzentrum (Germany), Münster Musikhochschule (Germany), Bartholomeus Gasthuis (Netherlands), Conservatoire de Strasbourg (France), Art Academy of Szczecin (Poland), University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and many more. 

Giles has taught masterclasses at dozens of institutions across the United States, including the Manhattan School of Music, Miami’s Frost School of Music, the universities of Syracuse, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Fredonia, California at Davis, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Arkansas, Colorado State Pueblo, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Northern Illinois, and abroad at the Art Academy of Szczecin, Poland. In 2016, Giles received the Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University's College of Music, where he held a teaching fellowship for three years. Thomas Giles is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist. His principal teachers have been Timothy McAllister, Lawrence Gwozdz, Patrick Meighan, and Carina Raschèr.