Kristian Baarsvik, Woodwinds, Piano, Jazz
Kristian Baarsvik is a saxophonist, pianist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and arranger based in the Washington, DC. area, that has established himself on the national and international stage. He was appointed the lead alto saxophonist with the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force, the “Airmen of Note” in 2019 and has recorded and performed with jazz luminaries Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Randy Brecker, John Fedchock, Diane Schuur, Sean Jones, Ted Nash, and Peter Bernstein. In addition to performing, Kristian is an award-winning arranger of big-band music, and is passionate about electronic music and production. Kristian holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, studying piano, saxophone, flute, and clarinet. His teachers include Whit Sidener, Gary Keller, Hal Crook, and Adam Maness. In his teaching, Kristian aims to demystify the process of musical discovery, helping to inspire a love for lifelong learning.