Dustin Finer is a Montreal-based saxophonist, composer, and teacher. Known for emotive performances, Dustin’s primary creative outlet is audiovisual duo DF. With DF, Dustin plays original works for saxophone and looper. He performs alongside new media artist Daniel Freder who designs, builds, and programs light installations which react to music in real-time. Creating “a uniquely immersive experience [that] demands (and deserves) our complete attention,” (Bull & Bear) DF is frequently invited to perform at music festivals, has given a TED talk, and has performed in a giant blanket fort. Drawing comparisons to Colin Stetson, the 2017 release of audiovisual EP “abcdf” caught the attention of bloggers and radio stations across Canada.
As a reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces, Dustin is currently a member of Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal and performs with their concert band, saxophone quartet, and marching band in Montreal and the surrounding region. He spent three summers (2013-2015) playing with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa where he was a musical section leader.
Dustin has a passion for teaching saxophone to students of all ages and ability levels. With over a decade of experience, he offers both private instruction and master classes.
Dustin grew up in Vermont where he began playing the saxophone at age nine. Throughout middle and high school Dustin studied with Michael Zsoldos and Fred Haas. Under their mentorship Dustin showed early promise, winning top chairs in both the Vermont All State Concert Band and the All New England Concert Band. He completed a Bachelor’s in Classical Saxophone Performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music under the legendary Abe Kestenberg and inimitable Dr. Jacqueline Leclair. He graduated with Distinction for Outstanding Achievement in Saxophone (2014) and was a recipient of the Angela C. Kramer Memorial Award in Music (2012). Dustin has returned to McGill where he is currently pursuing a Master’s in Saxophone Performance under the supervision of Marie-Chantal Leclair.