Saxophonist Christopher Forbes is an active chamber musician, soloist, and educator who has performed internationally with various ensembles in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom. Christopher won third prize in the 2020 Vandoren Emerging Artist competition and was named a semifinalist for the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition. Forbes has also been named a national finalist in the 2019 and 2020 Music Teachers National Association wind chamber music competition as tenor saxophonist of the Fuse quartet and was awarded second place at the North American Saxophone Alliance quartet competition. Christopher has recorded with multiple ensembles and is an advocate for new music and showing the wide range of expression and technique that the saxophone can accomplish.
Mr. Forbes has studied saxophonists including Kenneth Radnofsky, Kyle Horch, Taimur Sullivan, Marcus Weiss, and Frederick L. Hemke. As a supporter of new music, Christopher has been involved in commissioning works from composers including David Amram and Joan Tower in addition to workshopping with composers at Northwestern University.
Christopher is also a founding member of the Fuse Quartet. A Chicago-based saxophone quartet who strives to perform a diverse program of repertoire for a range of audiences. In 2019, the group worked with Grammy Award-winning director Donald Nally, performing Gavin Bryars’ The Fifth Century. Fuse has also had the opportunity to work with Northwestern University Nemmers prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon on her saxophone quartet Short Stories.
Forbes has performed with many ensembles including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Wind Ensemble and Young Artists Orchestra under the direction of Ken-David Massur, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under conductor Benjamin Zander, Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mallory Thompson, and the Bienen Contemporary/ Early Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Donald Nally. in addition to various chamber and jazz ensembles. His premiere recordings include Solar Prominences by Richard Cornell recorded with the Boston University Wind Ensemble at WGBH Studios in Boston and recording Turing Tests by Trevor Kowalski with the Aesthesia Quartet at the Royal College of Music in London.