San Antonio Sax Quartet
Dr. Rami El-Farrah is a concert saxophonist best known for his work as a soloist and member of the Zenith Quintet, Bel Cuore Quartet and the Austin Saxophone Ensemble. As an award-winning soloist and chamber musician, Dr. El-Farrah has performed across the United States and throughout Europe. He has been featured on several musical albums, as well as new albums forthcoming with Bel Cuore Quartet and Austin Saxophone Ensemble. In addition to concertizing Dr. El-Farrah teaches saxophone at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he also leads the university’s saxophone ensemble.
Sam Asthana is a San Antonio-based saxophone performer with a passion for bringing new music to new audiences. In addition to performing as both a soloist and in chamber groups, Sam’s background also includes teaching saxophone, from a former private studio in Central Texas to teaching in summer institutes in the Greater Houston area. Outside of his musical exploits, Sam is also working towards the degree of Doctorate of Dental Surgery, to be completed in May 2020.
Joshua Bryant is a saxophonist based out of San Antonio, Texas, where he serves as adjunct professor of saxophone at Trinity University and San Antonio College, along with teaching a national award-winning private studio that reaches the greater San Antonio area. As an educator, Joshua’s students have won many competitions including The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, The M Prize Chamber Arts Competition, national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association competition, and national finalists in the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition. As a performer, Joshua shares his passion for the tenor saxophone by engaging audiences around the world and advancing the repertoire of his instrument through his own transcriptions, showcasing the capabilities of the tenor voice. Joshua Bryant received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma, and his master’s in saxophone performance at Duquesne University with his great mentor and leader of his instrument, James Houlik.
Dustin Hunter is an active freelancer and teacher residing in Austin, Texas. Hunter regularly performs as a member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble and in the funk and soul powerhouse, Honey Made. Notable performances include William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for saxophone quartet with the Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble, a solo performance in the John Donald Robb Contemporary Music Symposium, and a performance with the San Antonio Symphony on their concert entitled, “Sinatra and Beyond with Tony DeSare.” Hunter holds a Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University and a Master of Music from the University of New Mexico.