Eugene Rousseau


Eugene Rousseau donnera un masterclass avec la participation de:
Eugene Rousseau will give a masterclass with the participation of:

Brandon Black, saxophone performing Lucie Robert's Cadenza

Jacynthe Riverin, piano

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Eugene Rousseau will be performing Jindrich Feld's Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano

Kari Miller, piano

One of the great saxophonists of the world, Eugene Rousseau has performed across North America and on five continents since his Carnegie Hall debut. The legendary saxophonist Marcel Mule described Rousseau as "a brilliant saxophonist and distinguished artist," and critics the world over have echoed Mule's praise.

Rousseau's artistry has inspired many "firsts." He gave the first solos saxophone recitals in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, London, and Amsterdam. He has given a yearly master course at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg since 1991, the first year the saxophone was included, and recently premiered several works written for him: Partita by Juan Orrego-Salas (with the Haydn Trio of Vienna) and Jindrich Feld's Sonata for alto saxophone and piano.

Rousseau has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, the Pan-American Festival Orchestra under Lukas Foss, the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard and Phillipe Entremont, the BBC Orchestra in London, the Janácek Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Kansai Philharmonic (Osaka), the Santiago Philharmonic (Chile), the Austrian Radio Orchestra and Bavarian Radio Orchestra, and he has presented classical recitals and master classes throughout the world on a variety of topics related to his instrument. This season's schedule includes solo performances with the U.S. Army Band at the Kennedy Center, the Budapest Strings in Hungary, and the Tokyo Tech Band, as well as at the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Festival in Japan. He will also perform a concerto by Jindrich Feld (written expressly for him) at Indiana University, as well as concerts in Texas, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Rousseau's wide-ranging discography includes the first solo album of saxophone with orchestra, "Concertos for Saxophone" (Deutsche Grammophon), and the first saxophone album on compact disc, "Saxophone Colors" (Delos), as well as "Mr. Mellow" (Liscio) with the ER Big Band conducted by David Baker, featuring saxophone solos in famous American standards; "Saxophone Vocalise" (Delos), a songful compilation of great classical melodies accompanied by a wind ensemble led by Frederick Fennell; and a collaboration with the Montréal-based Gerald Danovitch Quartet, "Celebration!", which includes the Konzertstück of Paul Hindemith and Mozart's Quintet, K. 406.

The Chicago-born Rousseau's service to the saxophone community is of long-standing. Since 1972 he has been the Yamaha Corporation's chief consultant for saxophone research, contributing to the development of acoustic improvements in saxophones and mouthpieces. In 1985 he recorded a video program for Yamaha, "Steps to Excellence". Rousseau co-founded the World Saxophone Congress in 1969 and has been President of both the North American Saxophone Alliance (1979-80) and the Comité International du Saxophone (1982-85). He has published a number of arrangements, scholarly works and method books, many of which have been translated into French, German, and Japanese. In 1995, he was chosen to receive the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation by the American Bandmasters Association.

Rousseau earned the PhD degree from the University of Iowa, where his principal teacher was Himie Voxman. He holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University and has served as chair of the IU Woodwind Department for a number of years. A juror at the Munich International Competitions on several occasions, he was Chair of the 1991 Oboe jury; and this year he will serve as juror for the Japan Wind and Percussion Competition. He has been guest professor at Arizona Sate University and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and is an honorary faculty member of the Prague Conservatory.

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