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Saxophonist Kenny Baik, a founding member of the L’abri Trio, has been gaining recognition for his beautiful tone and “sensibility with unfailing musicality” (Korea Daily). Through his musicianship and passion for music, he aims to bring saxophone music to as wide an audience as possible. He appears as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Russia, and Asia. Recently, he was selected as a finalist of the Pro Musicis International Award in New York City with L’abri Trio.
Kenny has performed at such distinguished American venues as the Mansion at Strathmore, Johns Hopkins University’s Shriver Hall, the Peabody Institute’s Griswold Hall, Friedberg Hall, Goodwin Hall, as well as appearances abroad in Seoul Arts Center, Lotte Hall in South Korea, and Seoul Yamaha Artists Concert Hall. He performed across the country with orchestras and ensembles including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Song Orchestra, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Seoul Peabody Alumni Orchestra.
From 2004-2007, as a member of the Marine Corps Band in Quantico, Virginia, he performed more than 150 concerts per year; major performances include 2007 Super Bowl XLI, Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington D.C, Columbus Day Parade in New York City, and “Hail to the Chief” for President George W. Bush. In addition, he is serving in the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band as a principal saxophonist.
Kenny is actively commissioning and performing new music for the saxophone. He has premiered new works by composers Joan Tower, Zach Gulaboff Davis, and, Sun-Young Park Soonjung Suh to name a few. In addition to new compositions, Kenny's repertoire comprises masterpieces by composers from Camille Saint-Saëns, Steve Reich, Alexander Glazunov, Jennifer Higdon to Michael Hersch.
In addition to his accomplishments as a concert artist, Kenny has established himself as one of the sought teachers in Virginia and Maryland. Recently became a faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College where he teaches applied saxophone and clarinet and he directs the NOVA Loudon Jazz Ensemble.
Kenny is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in the studio of renowned saxophonist, Gary Louie. His teachers have included Sgt. 1st Class Doug Earlenbaugh, Dr. Kenneth Fischer, Dr. Stephen Fischer, Dr. Joseph Wytko, and Dr. Connie Frigo. Kenny holds a Master's degree in Performance from the Peabody Institute; he earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia.