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Guest Artist Recital: Phil Pierick and Kurt Galván on Saxophone and Piano

October 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Phil Pierick and Kurt Galván present a diverse program of contemporary  works for soprano, alto and baritone saxophones and piano alongside a transcription of the Dohnányi violin sonata for alto saxophone.

A staunch advocate for new music, saxophonist Phil Pierick’s recent recording projects include an album of previously unreleased chamber music for saxophone by Percy Grainger (Naxos), an entry in the Stockhausen Verlag’s complete discography of Karlheinz Stockhausen and “Invisible Seams” (Teal Creek), an album of new works composed for his saxophone duo, Ogni Suono.

The only saxophonist to receive prizes at both the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition (2014) and the ISSAC International Saxophone Competition (2012), Phil is also a three-time prizewinner at the MTNA National Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions (2009, 2011, 2012), and was named Vandoren Emerging Artist of 2011. He received Eastman School of Music’s 2014 Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching for his work as an instructor of chamber music at Eastman.

Pierick’s students have taken first prize in the MTNA National Chamber Music (2016, 2014) and 198th Army Band Small Ensemble (2015, 2013) competitions, and have been semi-finalists in the ISSAC International Saxophone Competition (2013). Guest teaching has taken Phil to the Allerton Chamber Music Symposium, Illinois Summer Youth Music and more than two dozen universities and conferences in the United States, Canada and Taiwan.

Pierick teaches saxophone at the College of Wooster. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he was also awarded the Performer’s Certificate and Arts Leadership Program Certificate and served as teaching assistant to Chien-Kwan Lin. As a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar, Phil studied contemporary performance practice in Vienna with Lars Mlekusch. His bachelor and master of music degrees are from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Debra Richtmeyer and held the position of saxophone teaching assistant. Pierick completed additional study in Paris with Jean-Michel Goury as a recipient of the 2009 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians.



October 9, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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