Charles Stolte


Charles Stolte's performances and compositions have been recorded by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for national radio broadcasts, and his compositions for saxophone have been performed in Canada, the USA and in Europe.

Charles Stolte has performed and been interviewed on Canadian local and national radio and has been reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, the Globe and Mail and in Classical Music Magazine. His composition teachers include Howard Bashaw, Malcolm Forsyth, M. William Karlins and Jay Alan Yim and his saxophone teachers include Dr. William Street and Dr. Frederick Hemke. Mr. Stolte holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The King's University College (Edmonton, Alberta), a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta). He is currently completing a Doctor of Music in Saxophone Performance at Northwestern University with Dr. Frederick Hemke.

Mr. Stolte has served as Instructor of Saxophone at Roosevelt University in Chicago and for four years was Sessional Lecturer in Saxophone at the King's University College in Edmonton, Alberta. He is currently Instructor of Saxophone at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Charles Stolte's innovative and exciting compositions for saxophone have been performed and recorded throughout North America and Europe. His composition teachers include Howard Bashaw, Malcolm Forsyth, M. William Karlins and Jay Alan Yim. Following is a list of his works for saxophone:

Mr. Stolte's first saxophone work, Process for saxophone quartet (1993), received its premier and was also recorded for national broadcast on the CBC that same year. It received its U.S. premiere in 1996 at Northwestern University and since then has been performed at the Region 9 NASA Conference in Youngstown, Ohio in 1997 and was recently featured on a tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania by the Impuls Saxophone Quartet. Process received its European premiere by the Wiener Saxophon Quartet in May, 1998 in Vienna and was performed throughout their Western Canadian tour in fall, 1998. Process is published by Apoll-Edition Wien.

True Confessions (1994) for alto, tenor or baritone saxophone was composed for the "Young Composer's Workshop with Rivka Golani" as part of the Third Annual Edmonton New Music Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1994. It was recorded and broadcast nationally by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that same year. True Confessions was performed by Gerald Preinfalk in June 1996 as one of the works on the Saxophon-Abend at the Hochschule fur Music in Vienna. As well, it received its U.S. premiere at Northwestern University and was presented by the composer at the Region 9 NASA Conference in April 1997 in Youngstown, Ohio and at the Chicago Young Composer's Festival in Spring, 1997. True Confessions has also enjoyed performances in the Chicago area and in 1998 it was performed throughout Western Canada as part of a tour by Susan Cook of DePaul University. True Confessions is scheduled to be published by Southern Music Company as a new addition to the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Series.

Decadence, a 1997 work for tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, piano and drum set received its premiere by Leo Saguiguit and others June, 1997 at Northwestern University. It received its Canadian premiere by William Street and others in Edmonton, Alberta in March, 1998 in a version for alto saxophone, cello, piano and drum kit. Bill Street's performance of Decadence is scheduIed to be broadcast by the CBC in 1999.

Prix (1998) for tenor saxophone, French horn and piano was written for Jonathan Helton of Northwestern University and his wife, Grace Kang in celebration of their nuptials. It received its premiere at the NASA North American Biennial Conference in 1998 and has since been premiered in Canada in 1999 by the composer and has enjoyed performances by the New Millenium Ensemble in Chicago and at Louisiana State University. Its popularity continues with upcoming performances in Chicago and Edmonton, Alberta.

Included in Mr. Stolte's growing list of works is an 8-song cycle for high voice and piano on the poems of the nineteenth-century poet-priest, Gerard Manley Hopkins and several works for piano including Skin and Bones (1989) and We Come, All Unfaithful (1988).

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