An internationally acclaimed performer and educator based out of Minneapolis, Preston Duncan has been hailed as “displaying his saxophone mastery” (The Indianapolis Star) with “virtuosic brilliance” (The Muncie Start/Press) as a “terrific talent” (Marvin Hamlisch).
He has appeared as soloist in Paris, Berlin, Austria, Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville, Boston, Costa Rica, Mexico and Taiwan. He has performed on over 65 occasions as soloist with large ensembles including The Indianapolis Symphony Orcehstra, La Grande Orchestre des Alpes de la Mer of Nice, the Bowling Green State University Philharmonic, the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and many others. He regularly performs as orchestral member with The Minnesota Orchestra. He has also performed with the Indianapolis Pops, The Minnesota Pops, Rosemary Clooney, and Jeremy Denk.
Duncan was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Paris, France where he studied with Jean-Yves Fourmeau. He has won numerous awards and prizes including 1st prize in the MTNA National Collegiate Woodwind Competition and was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious McKnight fellowship. He was the featured performer and educator at the 1st Annual Taiwanese National Saxophone Festival, the 12th Annual Encuentro Universitario Internacional de Saxofón in Mexico City and the Saxfest Costa Rica International Saxophone Festival. This August he will be the featured guest at the 3rd International Saxophone Festival of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Duncan currently teaches saxophone at the University of Minnesota. During the summer he teaches on the faculty at Shell Lake Arts Center. He received his Bachelor of Saxophone Performance from Indiana University where he was a student of. Eugene Rousseau. He continued his studies at Bowling Green State University with Dr. John Sampen where he received his Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance. In 2002 he completed an Artist Diploma at The Boston Conservatory with Kenneth Radnofsky. He has premiered works by Bernard Rands, Ernesto Pellegrini, Joseph Dangerfield and Kenneth Fuchs and many others. Duncan plays on Eugene Rousseau mouthpieces.