Brandon Quarles

Brandon Quarles is a Chicago-based saxophonist and improviser dedicated to the creation and performance of new music. He is the Executive Director and soprano saxophonist of ~Nois, a saxophone quartet that defies categorization by working at the junction of contemporary classical music and experimental improvisation, and is currently the Lecturer of Classical Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. ~Nois has emerged as one of the premier young ensembles in the United States with awards such as Second Place in the Open Division of the 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition and the Silver Medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. With ~Nois, Brandon has performed across the United States including appearances at festivals such as Big Ears (Knoxville, TN), the Continuum Music Festival (Memphis, TN), the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (Detroit, MI), Omaha Under the Radar, and the Re:Sound Festival (Cleveland, OH), and he has been a guest artist at many universities including the University of Chicago, the Manhattan School of Music, and Princeton University. ~Nois thrives on collaborating with other artists and ensembles and has worked with the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Claire Chase, Eighth Blackbird, and the indie rock band My Brightest Diamond.

Brandon Quarles
Lecturer in Classical Saxophone
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Brandon is also active as a soloist, chamber musician, improviser, and teacher. He made his orchestral debut in 2015 performing as a soloist with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra as a winner of its annual Concerto Competition, and he has been a guest artist at the University of Georgia and Frostburg State University. He has performed with chamber groups such as Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the Zafa Collective, and orchestras such as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony. Since 2014, Brandon has given the world premiere of over 40 works for the saxophone and continues to bring new music to the world through his own improvisational practice. In addition to teaching the saxophone, Brandon currently teaches an undergraduate course on the music and history of the Beatles at Northwestern University. Since his teenage years, Brandon has been making music in the pop/rock idiom as a performer on saxophone, vocals, guitars, and keyboards and as a songwriter/arranger.

He recently completed the coursework towards the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a cognate in music theory at Northwestern University and holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia. Brandon has had the honor of studying saxophone with Clint Schmitt, Connie Frigo, and Taimur Sullivan.