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Lucas Hopkins, a California native, and winner of the 2011 Yamaha Performing Artist competition, gave his solo orchestral debut performing the Glazunov saxophone concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony in January 2012. Hopkins was described as giving a “spectacular rendition” and “stunning performance of the saxophone concerto” by the Benicia Herald. He also performed the solo tenor saxophone part in the world premiere of Roger Boutry’s concerto for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble, Eclats D’Azzur, in October 2009 at the University of Minnesota.
Hopkins recently graduated (2016) from the University of Michigan earning his second graduate degree in music (specialist degree), studying under saxophone virtuosso Timothy McAllister and jazz saxophone with Andrew Bishop and Bill Sears. Lucas also holds a master's degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University, also studying under McAllister. Having received a bachelors of music at the University of Minnesota, Lucas studied with world-renowned saxophonist and pedagogue Eugene Rousseau, as a Lehnerts scholar. With success in the competition circuit, Lucas has won the North Shore Musicians Club solo competition, the Oakland East Bay Symphony's concerto competition, and the Yamaha Young Performing Artist competition. Additionally he won second place in the North American Saxophone Alliance saxophone quartet competition, second place in the Thursday Musical (St. Paul, MN) solo competition, was a finalist in the Carmel (CA) Music Society instrumental competition, a semifinalist in the Fischoff national chamber music competition and a finalist in the Army Bands Collegiate solo competition. As a soloist, Lucas has also given numerous guest recitals, masterclasses and clinics at various universities and grade schools.
As a member of the Internationally recognized professional saxophone Sextet, The Moanin' Forogs, Lucas plays bass saxophone and is the main administrator for the group. The Moanin' Frogs regularly tour the country and abroad, performing concerts and giving educational workshops and masterclasses at various universities and grade schools.
In addition to being an avid classical saxophonist, Hopkins has performed in numerous pit orchestras and frequently gigs as a jazz saxophonist. Lucas has performed well over 300 gigs throughout the California Bay Area, greater Los Angeles area and Michigan for various events including: private parties, weddings, festivals, fundraisers, farmers markets, and restaurants. Lucas has also been teaching saxophone privately since 2007, with students of all ages ranging from middle schoolers to adults, and beginners through more advanced players. Lucas is a D'addario Woodwinds performing and endorsing artist.