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Nicholas Brust

  • Degrees and StudiesB.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., New England Conservatory
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2016

Born in: Rochester, NY

Performances and Distinctions: Since moving to New York in 2012, saxophonist Nick Brust has established his voice on the saxophone with an adventurous harmonic imagination and incisive, soulful sound. Over the past few years, he  has found his niche as a bandleader and composer, forming multiple groups to explore the many moods present in jazz. Nick has performed with many highly acclaimed musicians in NYC including Matt Clohesy and Gilad Hekselman. Nick released an EP, 'Brooklyn Folk Songs,' with his newest group, the Nick Brust Quartet in January 2015. Before moving to New York, Nick attended New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Frank Carlberg, Ran Blake, John McNeil, Donny McCaslin, and Miguel Zenón. He graduated with honors in May 2012 with a Master's degree in Jazz Performance. Prior to attending NEC, Nick attended the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Walt Weiskopf, Harold Danko, and Chien-Kwan Lin. Nick graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies and Music Education.  Nick has continued his studies in New York with Will Vinson and Lage Lund.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: "In order to build a more complete understanding and appreciation of music, I believe in teaching from multiple perspectives including listening, improvisation, reading, writing, and analysis in conjunction with learning standard repertoire for each student's instrument and style. As a student develops, I then encourage them to develop their own personal sound based on what they have studied as well as what they like to listen to. For saxophone, I utilize several idiomatic method books, including '25 Daily Exercises for Saxophone by H. Klose' and '48 Famous Studies for Saxophone by W. Ferling' as well as the Rubank method books."