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About Taiki Azuma

Taiki Azuma
Taiki Azuma
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Greensboro, NC
Speaks: English, Japanese
Instructs: Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Saxophone
Education: University of Miami (BA in Music), Florida Atlantic University (MA in Instrumental Wind Conducting), UNC-Greensboro (MM in Saxophone Performance, PBC in Music Education, PBC in Oboe Performance, DMA in Saxophone Performance - pending)
Performance Experience: Performances at North American Saxophone Alliance, ClarinetFest, International Double Reed Symposium, International Saxophone Symposium, MTNA Competition (state winner), William C. Byrd International Competition (semi-finalist), NASA Quartet Competition (semi-finalist), New Music Greensboro (featured artist), Recitals/Masterclasses abroad, numerous musicals productions in NC, performs with Western Piedmont Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Piedmont Wind Symphony, Carolina Philharmonic
Teaching Experience: University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Part-Time Lecturer), Fayetteville State University (Adjunct Lecturer of Woodwinds), Lenoir-Rhyne University (Adjunct Professor of Oboe/Flute), UNCG Summer Music Camp (teaching faculty). Teaching various woodwinds since 2010 and worked with over 4 dozen schools.
Teaching Philosophy: I think with music, the mental and physical relationship with music is remarkably unique that no one person truly experiences music in the same manner. It is therefore my wish to foster each person's inherent individuality and develop a unique, lifelong partnership with music through the medium of their instrument, manifested by each student's natural intuition and diverse expressions and experiences.

Get to know Taiki Azuma

Taiki Azuma currently serves as Part-time Lecturer of Music at UNC-Pembroke, Adjunct Lecturer of Applied Woodwinds at Fayetteville State University, and Adjunct Professor of Oboe/Flute at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In addition to applied woodwind lessons, he teaches methods courses, chamber music and music appreciation collectively among the colleges. He is a doctoral candidate in saxophone performance and with a Post Baccalaureate Certificate concentration in Oboe Performance and Music Education at UNC-Greensboro, where he held a graduate teaching assistantship throughout his time there.

As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed at/with as Carnegie Hall, Smetana Hall, William C. Byrd International Young Artists Competition, International Saxophone Symposium, Carolina Philharmonic, Piedmont Wind Symphony, Florida Wind Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Durham Symphony, International Double Reed Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, MTNA Chamber Music Competition, Boca Sinfonia, as well as appearing in the inaugural TEDx Delray Beach in 2013 with QSQ. In demand as a multi-instrumentalist, Taiki performed in 15 musical theater shows throughout the Triad for the 2018-2019 season in addition to his duties as a pit orchestra contractor for UNCG and numerous one-off productions.

He has premiered and performed a number of new works for saxophone and woodwinds at various instrumental conferences and clinics as both a soloist and chamber musician, including the Ren Duo with Dr. Xin Gao and the Sirocco Reed Quintet (2017 New Music Greensboro Artists-in-Residence and featured performers of ClarinetFest 2019). His research on the connection of body to sound has been presented at various venues including the 2019 Midwestern Conductor's Symposium in Kirksville, MO. In 2020, he presented two premiere performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial in Tempe, AZ including a new consortium commissioned work involving saxophone, max/msp electronics, and lighting design, composed by Robin McLaughlin.

Taiki obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami on a full music and academic scholarship double-majoring in music and pre-med and an MA in Instrumental Wind Conducting at Florida Atlantic University. His teachers include Dale Underwood, Steven Stusek, Mary-Ashley Barret (oboe), Carla-Copeland Burns (flute), Michael Burns (bassoon), and Kyle Prescott (conducting). He has completed additional studies with renowned saxophonist, Nobuya Sugawa, as a student of the 25th Hamamatsu International Wind Academy in Japan.

Taiki Azuma teaches at:
2609 Lawndale Dr
Greensboro, NC 27408
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