Born in Israel and raised in the Boston area, Noa Even is a saxophonist specializing in the interpretation of contemporary literature. She regularly collaborates with emerging and established composers, presenting new music throughout the United States and abroad.
Noa’s saxophone duo, Ogni Suono, has been expanding and promoting saxophone duet repertoire since its inception in 2009. They have toured the Midwest, Texas, and the east coast with performances of commissioned music, master classes, and workshops. International appearances include a residency at Western University in Ontario, a tour through Southeast Asia, and the 16th World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. Winners of a 2012-2013 CMS Yamaha-in-Residence Fellowship, Ogni Suono presented community outreach programs on contemporary music in Iowa City in May 2013. The duo’s debut album, Invisible Seams, will be released in January 2014.
As the only American prizewinner at the 3rd Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Noa performed a concerto with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2011. She also performed with the BG Philharmonia in February 2013 after winning Bowling Green State University’s concerto competition. She was a finalist in the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition in March 2013, and won Second Place in both the MTNA National Young Artist and Chamber Competitions in Atlanta, GA in 2009.
Noa has performed solo recitals at such venues as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Hateiva in Tel Aviv, La Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, and the Music Institute of Chicago. Her most adventurous performance to date was KHU, Act 2 of Matthew Barney's Ancient Evenings, a filmed performance piece involving saxophone quartets on motor boats zooming down Detroit's River Rouge.
Noa currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Kent State University and is a doctoral candidate in the contemporary music program at Bowling Green State University. She obtained a master of music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s in saxophone performance and music education from Northwestern University. Additionally, Noa studied in Paris at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt. Her primary instructors include John Sampen, Debra Richtmeyer, Jean-Michel Goury, and Fred Hemke.