Brian Kachur is an active performing artist hailing from Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. He is currently earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance with internationally-acclaimed artist Dr. Timothy McAllister at the University of Michigan. Brian has performed with multiple ensembles at the University of Michigan, including the Symphony Band, Jazz Lab Ensemble, and the U-M Saxophone Ensemble, which has performed alongside the PRISM Saxophone Quartet. Brian also recently performed with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra as the saxophone soloist on their performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
Brian has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at various music festivals, including those at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Oklahoma, and the Arosa Music Academy in Arosa, Switzerland. He has participated in masterclasses for multiple artists internationally, including Hans de Jong, Ryan Muncy, Stephen Page, Lars Mlekusch, Christian Wirth, Donald Sinta, Joseph Murphy, Geoff Landman, as well as the award-winning Sinta Quartet. Brian was awarded Second Prize in the 2017 New Jersey Wind Symphony Youth Soloist Competition. He was also named a Semi-Finalist in the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition, and was most recently a Finalist in the University of Michigan Undergraduate Concerto Competition.
As a chamber musician, Brian has earned recognition with multiple ensembles, serving currently as the baritone saxophonist for Aero Quartet, and formerly Cerulean Quartet from 2017-2020. Aero Quartet was recently named a Finalist ensemble in the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, and recently commissioned Jennifer Higdon for a new composition entitled Heavy Dynamics for saxophone quartet and organ. Cerulean Quartet was a prize-winning ensemble in the 2019 Briggs Chamber Music Competition at the University of Michigan, where they were also awarded the Michigan Composer Prize for their performance of Jules Pegram’s Hell or High Water. Cerulean Quartet was a Semi-Finalist ensemble in the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, and also earned the Gottlieb Variations Award for their outstanding performance of David Kechley’s Rush at the 42nd Annual U-M Collage Concert.
Brian is a member of the newly formed Invictus Duo, which focuses on performing contemporary works for saxophone duo, as well as promoting and commissioning works by emerging young composers. The duo recently gave a recital and masterclass at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, and also collaborated on a recital presentation at the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Tempe, Arizona. The Invictus Duo also recently organized a consortium for a new composition by Jeremy Howell entitled Looking for Soprano and Baritone Saxophone, which premiered at the 2020 NASA Conference. The duo’s latest project includes an upcoming studio recording entitled Powerhouse, which will include saxophone duo and piano works, including an original commission by Karalyn Schubring of the same title.
Brian represented his hometown of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey strongly in his early musical endeavors by being named principal saxophonist for the North Jersey Region Wind Ensemble in 2017, the New Jersey All-State Wind Ensemble in 2016 and 2017, and the NAfME All-Eastern Honor Band in 2017. He also earned placement into the NAfME All-National Concert Band in 2016. While away from the University of Michigan, Brian often gives guest performances and teaches at various public schools near his hometown. He was on faculty at the 2018 West Milford Concert Band Academy in West Milford, New Jersey, and regularly teaches private lessons to saxophonists in the Northern New Jersey area.