Borealis Saxophone Quartet


Gillian Blair - Alto saxophone

Gillian Blair is an award winning saxophonist from the Wirral. She has obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees from the RNCM under the tutelage of Rob Buckland and Carl Raven. She won the International Young Musician Competition at the Llangollen Eisteddfod, the D’Addario Single Reed Competition, the RNCM Woodwind Competition, and was a finalist in the prestigious RNCM Gold Medal and Concerto Competitions. She has performed around the UK at festivals and concert series' including the BBC Proms, the World Saxophone Congress and several broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

Gillian is passionate about chamber music and performs regularly with Borealis Saxophone Quartet and the Polaris Duo. Previous performances include recitals at the Bridgewater Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and King’s Place. The quartet’s accolades include winning the RNCM Ensemble of the Year Competition and the Apollo Saxophone Quartet Prize. They reached the final of the Royal Overseas League Competition and have been selected as Park Lane Group and Live Music Now artists.

Gillian has also performed with larger ensembles including the Orchestra of Opera North, European Union Youth Wind Orchestra, Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and the Soundscape Chamber Orchestra.

Borealis Saxophone Quartet 2014