|Thomas Giles||Alto Saxophone|
The Hernandez-Ames duo began in 2011. They will be premiering the new piano reduction of the Henry Brant Concerto for Saxophone at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in March of 2012.
Originally from Phoenix, Michael’s performance career has taken him all over the world. He has been heard in concert halls throughout Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Holland, Austria, Italy, the UK , Canada, and the United States. He has also been heard repeatedly on NPR’s Performance Today. Michael remains active as a chamber musician playing soprano saxophone in the critically acclaimed Mana Quartet and Mana Trio. In 2009 the Mana Quartet became the first saxophone quartet in history to take home the Grand Prize at the International Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition.
Liz Ames is a collaborative pianist who is passionate about performing and working with instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers. Liz performed at the International Double Reed Society Conference in June 2012 and played in master classes for Richard Woodhams, Nicholas Daniel, and John Steinmetz. She has been working with the Henry Brant estate to create a published piano reduction for his monumental saxophone concerto and with other international composers for whom she is creating piano reductions of their saxophone concerti.
Liz is currently working toward her DMA in Collaborative Piano at Arizona State University.