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Michael Hanson is an award winning concert saxophonist, conductor, and teacher. He has performed concerts in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Russia, Switzerland and throughout the United States and Canada.  As an international performer, he has been heard in a number of the World's finest concert halls, including:  Grieg Hall, Bergen Norway, Salle de concert et Studio Ernest Ansermet, Radio Swiss Romande Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland, Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  His performances have been broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio, WYSU (Youngstown, Ohio), televised in Minnesota, and recordings found on the Arizona University Recordings AUR label. 

As an avid chamber musician, he often collaborates with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has commissioned several works for violin, saxophone, and piano (an eclectic instrumentation allowing a diverse range of musical possibilities).  This instrumentation also allows him to collaborate with his wife, violinist, Melanie Hanson.  Hanson was a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with the Infinity Saxophone Quartet who also performed as featured guests on the University of Minnesota faculty recital "The Music of Jindrich Feld" honoring the Czech composer, Jindrich Feld. His definitive recording of Paul Hindemith's Konzertstück for 2 alto saxophones can be heard on Arizona University Recordings, America's Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, volume XI.
Mr. Hanson has received many awards, including the 1994 Lawrence University Conservatory Trustee Scholarship and the Lawrence University Conservatory IDEA Fellowship. He was a competitor in the 1995 Le Concours de Geneve International Music Competition (Switzerland), a finalist in the 1994 Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the 1999 winner of the Concordia College Concerto Competition, the 2001 winner of the Youngstown State University Concerto Competition, a 2001 recipient of a Northwest Regional Development Commission/McKnight Individual Artist Grant for partial funding of a promotional CD project, collaborating with Grammy nominated pianist, Randall Fusco.  Hanson has performed with several orchestras including the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, the Concordia College Orchestra, the Concordia College Chamber Orchestra, the Dana Chamber Orchestra, the Dana Symphony Orchestra, the Fargo Moorhead Symphony, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, the Youngstown Symphony, and others. In 1999 Hanson toured with the Concordia College Band as a guest soloist, performing David Gillingham's Saxophone Concerto.  He has been a featured concerto soloist at a North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) convention. He has performed with popular music artists including: Michael Crawford (The Phantom of the Opera), Michael Bolton, Crystal Gayle, and Linda Eder.
Michael Hanson served as a graduate teaching assistant for Dr. James Umble, and has served on the faculties of Hiram College (Hiram, Ohio), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, Virginia), and Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota). His teachers include Steven Jordheim, Russell Peterson, Dr. James Umble, and Dr. Eugene Rousseau. 
In addition to his obligations as a performer, he also teaches applied saxophone, coaches chamber music, and directs the athletic band at Bemidji State University