Jason Lesker, a native of San Diego, has been an active performer and educator since 2002. His primary teachers were Dale Underwood and Todd Rewoldt. In January 2020, Jason performed transcriptions of Chaminade and Arban at the 42nd Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, in Fairfax, VA. While at George Mason University, he was principal saxophonist in the wind ensemble (2006-2007) as well as selected to perform on the Honors Recital in 2005 and 2007. In addition, he was soprano saxophonist with the GMU saxophone quartet from 2004-07.
Comfortable performing a variety of styles, he was the Virgina state division winner for the MTNA competition in 2006, playing a 40 minute program that featured music from baroque to contemporary. He also was the winner of the Grossmont Music Scholarship competition in San Diego (2011), earning 1st prize and $2000.
In 2007, he attended the European Summer University for the Saxophone, in Gap, France, where he participated in masterclasses and private lessons with Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Arno Bornkamp, Christian Wirth, and Habanera Quartet.
An avid enthusiast of transcriptions, Jason collaborated with Tak-Chiu Wong and Cherry Tsang to make a CD featuring works by Cimarosa, Doppler, Mendelssohn, and Kulau, featuring works for both soprano and alto saxophones with piano.
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