Philipp A. Stäudlin

Biography

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Philipp A. Stäudlin is an award-winning virtuoso saxophonist that has performed hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe and Japan. His characteristic tonal qualities, deep sense of phrasing, and superb technical skills make him one of the most unique voices in today’s classical saxophone world.

A native of Friedrichshafen, Germany, Stäudlin has appeared as a soloist with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Ensemble Sound Icon, Ensemble White Rabbit, Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, Callithumpian Consort, Bielefelder Philharmoniker, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Tufts University Orchestra, and The Providence Singers. Stäudlin has also performed with the Harvard Group for New Music, Equilibrium Ensemble, ECCE, Talea Ensemble, Steamboat Switzerland, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble White Rabbit (former ensemble in residence at Harvard University), Ludovico Ensemble, IGNM Basel, Alea III, Back Bay Choral, and many others.

Stäudlin’s music festival appearances include Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival (Darius Milhaud’s La Création du Monde with the Mark Morris Dance Group). He has also given numerous performances at The Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Harvard University, University of New Mexico, Tufts University, Musik-Akademie Basel, Brown University, Berklee College of Music, University of Richmond, Northeastern University, University of Miami, New England Conservatory, Chromatic Club Boston, Eastern Nazarene College, Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Goethe-Institute Boston, Longy School of Music of Bard College, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, Autonomous University of Zacatecas (Mexico), Harvard Musical Association, and Internationale Hugo Wolf Akademie.

As an orchestral saxophonist, Stäudlin appeared with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Boston, Boston Ballet, and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, to name a few. As an improviser, Stäudlin participated in two major sound-installation projects directed by Swiss improviser Walter Fähndrich: “Musik für Räume” (Music for Spaces), Aargauer Schlösser in 2001, and Weimar—European Capital of Culture in 1999.

Stäudlin has won many awards as both a saxophone soloist and a chamber musician. As the youngest competitor, he won First Prize and Audience Prize in the Gustav Bumcke International Saxophone Competition in 1998. As a former member of the New Art Saxophone Quartet, he received First Prize in the 1998 Chamber Music Competition of the German Music Foundation (Deutscher Musikrat), as well as the Newcomer Award of German Radio, next to Jessye Norman, who received the main award. The New Art Saxophone Quartet performed throughout Europe, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. An invitation followed to be the representative of German musical culture on a visit to South Korea and Mongolia with former Federal President of Germany Roman Herzog. Their CD recordings are available on Ars Musici and Enja Records.

A graduate of Musikhochschule Basel, Stäudlin received a Soloist Diploma, having studied with Marcus Weiss and Iwan Roth. He was awarded a full scholarship two years in a row from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study at Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he received an Artist Diploma, as well as the Victor Rosenbaum Medal for Most Outstanding Student.

Stäudlin is the soprano saxophonist of the Radnofsky Quartet, performing at WGBH, NEC’s Jordan Hall, Tufts University, Gordon College, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, UCSD, and Eastern Nazarene College, as well as the worldwide New Tang Dynasty Television broadcast of the Chinese New Year’s Global Gala. He has premiered more than 100 works, including pieces by Peter Gilbert, John McDonald, Marti Epstein, Davide Ianni, Andrew List, John Morrison, Felix Profos, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, Lansing McLoskey, and others. He currently has CD releases on the New World Records, Tzadik, Albany Records, Innova Records, Suspicious Motives Records, New Focus Recordings, Navona Records, and Newport Classics labels, and he has also recorded for Parma Recordings.

Philipp A. Stäudlin is a member of Ensemble Sound Icon, and teaches saxophone at The Boston Conservatory in both the standard degree and contemporary music programs, and is also on the applied music faculty at Tufts University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He lives with his wife, pianist Yoko Hagino, and their daughter Anna in Melrose, Massachusetts.

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