Janos Csontos

Janos C.

Evanston, IL
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Janos delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 8+ and special needs

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I am a professional saxophonist actively performing and teaching in the Chicago area. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from University of the Pacific and my master’s degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University. With over 9 years of experience teaching saxophone privately, I am comfortable teaching students of all ages and experience levels.

As a teacher, my primary goal is to foster a genuine love and appreciation for music in all of my students. Students who come to me for lessons can expect an appropriately challenging, but fun and rewarding experience that encourages a balance of repertoire study, listening to recordings of great masters, and appropriate growth in music fundamentals. Every student will have unique challenges and learning styles, which is why I make it a priority to get to know each of my students on both a musical and personal level. Having studied music for many years, I understand the importance of having a teacher that is not only a great instructor, but also an equally great mentor that will help the student achieve their musical and professional goals.

Through solo and chamber performances, I maintain an active performing career playing around Chicago and touring all over the country. I am currently the baritone saxophonist and Director of Finance for the award-winning saxophone quartet ~Nois, which has quickly emerged as one of the premier young ensembles dedicated to the promotion of contemporary music. As a soloist, I have performed recitals and taught master classes at universities in California, Tennessee, and Ohio. I also won the grand prizes for both the Auburn Symphony Young Artist Competition and the University of the Pacific Concerto Competition.

In order to adapt to the unique needs of each student, I am comfortable teaching a wide range of styles including classical, contemporary, and jazz music. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you to become the musician you want to be!

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Stage Manager and House Manager
Nov 2018 - Present
Music Institute of Chicago

Stage Manager, Live Sound Engineer, and Recording Engineer
Oct 2016 - Present
Northwestern University

High School Boys Camp Counselor
Jun 2014 - Aug 2017
Interlochen Center for the Arts


Master of Music in Saxophone Performance
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Northwestern University
Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2016
University of the Pacific


Fluent / Native Proficiency


2nd Prize
May 2018
M-PRIZE National Chamber Arts Competition
2nd Prize
Mar 2018
North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition
Silver Medal
May 2017
Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
Grand Prize
Oct 2016
Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition
1st Prize
Mar 2016
University of the Pacific Concerto Competition
Grand Prize
Feb 2016
Auburn Symphony Young Artist Competition

Photos & Videos

This is a video from my second master's recital performing William Albright's Sonata for alto saxophone.

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