Declared “an ensemble to watch for years to come” by the American Record Guide, the award-winning h2 quartet has been wowing audiences since 2002. A dynamic and innovative chamber ensemble, h2 constantly seeks to defy perceptions and expectations of the saxophone. h2 takes advantage of the great expressive capacity of their instrument by programming traditional, avant-garde, minimalist, and jazz-influenced works in surprising and compelling ways. h2 has performed throughout the United States, and has performed in Europe, the UK and in Asia. The ensemble has presented recitals at venues such as the Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), the National Concert Hall (Dublin), the Guarnerius Arts Center (Belgrade), the Cankerjev dom (Ljubljana) and the Times Center in New York City. The group is also in demand for appearances and residencies at summer music festivals both at home and abroad, including the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy.
The ensemble has released three critically-acclaimed recordings: Generations, Times & Spaces, and Groove Machine. Each of these albums introduces audiences to a different side of the saxophone, with the latter two comfortably bridging the gap between the popular and avant-garde sides of American music. The h2 quartet has been featured on NPR and PBS programs, including the nationally-syndicated Backstage Pass, which offers viewers a first-hand look at the inner workings of music groups through in-studio performances and ensemble interviews.
h2 is dedicated to commissioning and performing compelling new works for saxophone quartet, and operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The growing list of composers the group has commissioned includes Drew Baker, Karl Blench, Claudio Gabriele, Murray Gross, Takuma Itoh, David MacDonald, John Mackey, Victor Marquez-Barrios, Roger Petersen, David Rakowski, Jesse Ronneau, and Daniel Wohl. Additionally, the ensemble has premiered works by Marc Mellits, Matthew Schoendorff, Elliott Sharp, and Amy Williams.
The h2 quartet has won prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (First Prize, Gold Medals) and the North American Saxophone Alliance Saxophone Quartet Competition (first prize), among others. The group has also been named finalists in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and has earned Honorable Mentions at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Chesapeake Bay Chamber Music Competition, and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. The group was also a recipient of an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant in 2010 for their album Times & Spaces.
Members of the h2 quartet are:
Geoffrey Deibel, Jonathan Nichol, Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, and Jeffrey Loeffert.
Mr. Allen has 25 years of experience in performing professionally and teaching saxophone to pre-college, undergraduate and graduate level students. In addition to teaching at Texas Women's University as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone, Mr. Allen is currently the Director of Instrumental Studies /Professor of Saxophone at Brookhaven College in Dallas where his duties include teaching applied saxophone lessons, music appreciation, chamber ensembles, coordinating all music majors for recital performances and programming guest artists to perform on the Brookhaven Recital Series. Mr. Allen also is responsible for supervising all woodwind, brass and percussion adjunct professors at Brookhaven College and supervising all jazz and classical instrumental concerts. Mr. Allen's saxophone students have gone on to win, placed high or been named as a finalist both state-wide and nationally in such competitions as the Texas All-State Bands, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Solo and Chamber Competitions at NASA Biennial Conferences, MTNA Solo and Chamber Competitions, Fischoff Chamber Competition and other solo and chamber contests.
Mr. Allen has performed extensively with the East Texas, Mesquite, Garland, Las Colinas, Waco and the Dallas symphony orchestras - as well as the Texas Women's University Wind Symphony, TAMU-Commerce Wind Ensemble, Richardson Community Band and the Camerata Woodwind Quintet. Mr. Allen has been a tenured member of the Dallas Winds (Formerly known as the Dallas Wind Symphony) since 1992 and has performed on 14 internationally released recordings with the group on both alto and tenor saxophones. Mr. Allen was a performer/composer/arranger for the Larry "T Byrd" Gordon Band for four years, performing music of various styles including rock and roll, jazz, country, and rhythm and blues. Mr. Allen is an active clinician and adjudicator state-wide. His professional organization affiliations include the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Community College Band Directors Association (TCCBDA), Kappa Kappa Psi and Pi Kappa Lambda. Mr. Allen received his Bachelor and Master degrees from Baylor University, where he was a student of Dr. Michael Jacobson.
Hailed as “one of the world’s top saxophone artists…” (Audiophile Audition) with “the personality and fingers of a first rate soloist…” (American Record Guide), “subtle, perceptive phrasing, and flawless control of vibrato…” (Fanfare Magazine), Yamaha Artist Christopher Creviston has played venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Paisley Park and the Apollo Theater.
As soloist and with the Capitol Quartet, Creviston has been featured with bands and orchestras across the U.S., including Baltimore, Indianapolis and National Symphony Orchestras, working with conductors André Previn, Neeme Järvi, Randall Craig Fleischer, Jack Everly and Steven Reineke, to name a few. In demand as a recitalist and clinician, he performs regularly with the Capitol Quartet, and in duos with pianist Hannah (Gruber) Creviston, guitarist Oren Fader, and harpist Frances Duffy.
He has appeared in concert with jazz names Wycliffe Gordon, John Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jon Faddis, Bobby Shew, Dennis DiBlasio, Bunky Green, Jim Snidero, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Bergeron, Steve Houghton, Vinny DiMartino, Dave Liebman, Peggy Cone and Marvin Stamm, and has had the pleasure of working with pop performers Crystal Gayle, Maureen McGovern, Billy Porter, Patti Russo, Marty Thomas, Lisa Vroman, David Raleigh, Ben Vereen and Kim Sozzi, as well as playing shows with jokester Bob Hope.
Presently on faculty at Arizona State University, Dr. Creviston has held positions at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), the Greenwich House of Arts (NYC), the University of Windsor (Canada), and the University of Michigan. His mentors include Donald Sinta, James Forger and Trent Kynaston. Creviston can be heard on recordings released on the Albany, Chandos, Einstein, Equilibrium, White Pine, Daddy-O, Shady Bear, Rocking Chair and Swirling Record labels.
Described as “impressive and expressive” (Fanfare Magazine) and “superb...[with] great dexterity, rhythm, and touch” (American Record Guide), Hannah Creviston is Assistant Professor of Practice (Piano Pedagogy), Director of the Music Prep Program, and Coordinator of Class Piano at Arizona State University. She received her B.Mus. in Piano Performance and Music Education with a Piano Pedagogy concentration from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, studying with Eugenia Tsarov. A researcher and presenter on the effects of music on children with autism, she holds an M.M. in Piano Performance and an M.MuED in Early Childhood/Elementary Music Education from the University of South Carolina where she studied piano with Scott Price. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU in Fall 2012, Creviston was on the faculty at the Crane School of Music.
As a soloist, she won the Crane Annual Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the Arthur Fraser Piano Competition. An avid performer of contemporary music, Creviston has premiered many compositions, including works by Whitney Ashe, Cameron Britt, David Heinick, Katherine Hoover, John Fitz Rogers, Timothy Sullivan, Brian Vlasak and Mark Weiser. Most notably, in 2007, she premiered Stacy Garrop’s Pieces of Sanity at Carnegie Hall with saxophonist Christopher Creviston.
As an accompanist, she has performed in festivals and competitions throughout the United States and abroad, including the World Saxophone Congress, Music Teachers National Association Solo Competition, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial Conferences, NASA Solo Competition, Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, Potsdam Single Reed Summit, Penn State Single Reed Summit, Crane Saxophone Chamber Music Festival, Dutchess County Saxophone Day and the Southeastern Piano Festival. She has collaborated with various artists, including Christopher Creviston, Geoffrey Diebel, Joe Lulloff, Jeffrey Loeffert, Timothy McAllister, David Pittman-Jennings, David Stambler, James Umble, Robert Young, and members of the United States Military Bands.
She performs regularly in a duo with her husband, Christopher Creviston. Together, they have recorded Snell Sessions and Columbia Sessions, both on the Albany Records label, and Sunday Afternoon and Breaking (Fall 2015), available through CD Baby. Their recordings have been described as “engrossing” (Fanfare Magazine), “highly imaginative and expressive” (composer Denis Bédard), “a good blend of the standard and the new” (American Record Guide), and “sensitive, transparent, powerful music making that causes one to hold their breath often” (Donald Sinta).
A Washington, D.C. native, Geoffrey Deibel is emerging as an important voice for the saxophone and contemporary music. He maintains a multi-faceted career as performer, teacher, and researcher. Upcoming and recent concert highlights include performances with the Athens Saxophone Quartet (Cyprus), International Contemporary Ensemble at the Park Avenue Armory (NYC), concerts at Merkin Hall and Zankel Hall (NYC), and recitals in Brooklyn NY, Stuttgart, Germany, Cortona, Italy, and in Wichita, KS. Geoff has been an invited guest lecturer at Die Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart, at University College Cork, Ireland, and many Universities in the US. He has appeared at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, the International Iannis Xenakis Festival in Athens, Greece, and World Saxophone Congresses in the UK, Europe, and Thailand.
Geoff has commissioned new works by both established and emerging composers, including Drew Baker, Nathan Davis, Claudio Gabriele, Joseph Michaels, Forrest Pierce, David Rakowski, David Reminick, and Jesse Ronneau. He has also premiered the music of Jason Eckardt, Hiroyki Itoh, Pierre Jodlowski, Marc Mellits, Elliott Sharp, Jagoda Szmytka, Mari Takano, Hans Thomalla, Amy Williams, and Eric Wubbels, and has worked with John Adams, Bernard Rands, Howard Sandroff, and Christopher Adler, among many others. Geoff has been frequently featured on the New Music Chicago and Soundfield series in Chicago, and has been a guest at the Drake University New Music Series and Chamber Music Midwest.
Geoff is a member of the critically acclaimed h2 quartet, first prize winners at the Fischoff Competition, recent finalists at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and recipients of multiple Aaron Copland Fund Grants. The American Record Guide has hailed h2 as a group of "artistic commitment...boasting superb blend, solid technique, [and] tight rhythm." h2 has four recordings available (Generations, Times & Spaces, Groove Machine, and Hard Line), and maintains a non-profit organization to promote the creation of new works for the saxophone quartet. Geoff is also a seasoned orchestral performer, and serves as principal saxophonist with the Wichita Symphony. He has also performed with the New World Symphony and Grant Park Symphony, as well as numerous regional orchestras in Michigan, and has worked with conductors such as David Robertson, Roberto Abbado, and HK Gruber. As a jazz musician, Geoff has performed with the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and the Truth in Jazz Orchestra, and has performed locally on the Fisch Haus Jazz Series. He has also had the opportunity to perform alongside Ruben Alvarez, Ron Blake, Allison Miller, James Moody, and Matt Wilson. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Wichita Jazz Festival.
Geoff holds degrees in history and music from Northwestern University, and a doctoral degree from Michigan State University. His principal teachers have included Joseph Lulloff, Frederick Hemke, Leo Saguiguit, and Reginald Jackson. Geoff has held teaching positions at Grand Valley State University, Alma College, and the University of Florida. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Wichita State University, where he was the recipient of the 2015 College of Fine Arts Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, and the 2016 WSU Faculty Award for Excellence in Creative Activity. Geoff is a Yamaha and Vandoren performing artist, and performs on Yamaha Saxophones, and Vandoren reeds, ligatures, and mouthpieces exclusively.
Dr. Bill Funke is currently the band director at Irving Middle School in Norman, Oklahoma. He has performed at regional and national saxophone conferences in addition to performances this past summer with Quartet 35 and the Funke Duo at the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland.
In 2011-2012, Dr. Funke worked as Lecturer in Saxophone at Baylor University where he assisted with duties in the saxophone studio and chamber music program, and taught the saxophone methods course. He also traveled extensively with Terry Cavanagh and the Alpine Express, a polka band based in New Braunfels, Tx.
Dr. Funke was the guest soloist at the 2010 Bay City Summer Music Festival, performing Catherine McMichael’s Sapphire with the wind ensemble. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Wind Ensemble under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds.
Dr. Funke holds degrees from University of Oklahoma (BME 2006), Baylor University (MM 2008) and Michigan State (DMA 2011). He has worked as a TA at both Baylor and MSU, teaching private lessons and the saxophone methods classes for music education majors. Dr. Funke’s primary teachers include Dr. Gail Hall, Dr. Michael Jacobson and Prof. Joseph Lulloff.
Dr. Kimberly Goddard Loeffert is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Oklahoma State University.
Her current research interests include performance and analysis of chamber music, musical gesture, and the theory and analysis of music since 1980.
Loeffert has taught music theory, saxophone, and chamber music at Michigan State University and music theory and aural skills at Florida State University where she is completing a Ph.D. in Music Theory. Loeffert earned a DMA and MM in Saxophone Performance, as well as an MM in Music Theory Pedagogy from Michigan State University. She holds a BM in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies from Northwestern University. Her primary saxophone teachers have included Joe Lulloff, Dr. Frederick Hemke, and Dr. Joseph Wytko.
An active chamber musician, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes as a member of the h2 quartet, including First Place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, among others. She can also be heard on five commercially available discs and a nationally-syndicated PBS television episode of Backstage Pass.
Loeffert has performed at prestigious venues around the world, including the Cankar Dom (Slovenia), the Guarnerius Center for the Performing Arts (Serbia), Merkin Hall (New York City), the National Concert Hall (Ireland), the Sarajevo Music Academy (Bosnia), the Siam Paragon (Thailand), the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), in addition to university recital halls across the country. An advocate for new music, Loeffert has commissioned and/or premiered works by Drew Baker, Karl Blench, Jongyun Choi, Benjamin Fuhrman, Takuma Itoh, Igor Karača, David MacDonald, John Mackey, Marc Mellits, Victor Marquez-Barrios, Roger W. Petersen, David Rakowski, Jesse Ronneau, Matthew Schoendorff, Amy Williams, and Daniel Wohl, among others.
Loeffert is a Vandoren Performing Artist.
Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Theory at Oklahoma State University. During the summer months, Loeffert teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy.
Loeffert is a very active chamber musician. As a founding member of the h2 quartet, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes including First Place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, First Place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, First Place at the Union Française des Artistes Musiciens Chamber Music Competition (France), twice First Place at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition - Michigan, First Place in the Northwestern University Chamber Music Compeition, and First Place in the Michigan State University Concerto Competition. Loeffert has also been a finsalist in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Chesapeake Bay Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and a three-time finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. Loeffert is featured on six commercially available discs and a DVD, as well as on a PBS television episode of Backstage Pass, which offers viewers a first-hand look at the inner workings of a top-flight chamber ensemble through live in-studio performances and interviews with the ensemble members.
Loeffert has performed at such prestigious venues as the Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland; the Cankar Dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Clowes Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Guarnerius Center for the Performing Arts in Belgrade, Serbia; the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland; the Sarajevo Music Academy in Sarajevo, Bosnia; the Times Center and Merkin Hall in New York City; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California; in addition to university recital halls across the country. An advocate of new music, Loeffert has premiered works by Drew Baker, Karl Blench, Jongyun Choi, Benjamin Fuhrman, Takuma Itoh, Igor Karača, David MacDonald, John Mackey, Marc Mellits, Victor Marquez-Barrios, Roger W. Petersen, David Rakowski, Jesse Ronneau, Matthew Schoendorff, Amy Williams, and Daniel Wohl, among others.
Loeffert graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music double major in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies. At Northwestern, Loeffert won the Program Honors Award for his graduating class. A Frank Huntington Beebe Scholar, Loeffert studied in Paris at the Conservatoire à Rayonnemnet Régional de Cergy-Pontoise where he received the Medalle d'Or à l'Unanimité - Saxophone, and the Medalle d'Or à l'Unanimité - Musique de Chambre. Loeffert also studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt where he received the diploma Cycle d'Orientation Professionnel with an emphasis in contemporary music. Loeffert completed graduate studies at Michigan State University (MSU) as the recipient of a University Distinguished Fellowship. He received a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance as well as a Master of Music degree in Music Theory Pedagogy. At MSU, he was awarded the Paul Harder Award for music theory and composition. Loeffert studied music theory under Bruce Campbell, Gordon Sly, Bruce Taggart, and Leigh Van Handel. His primary saxophone teachers include Bob Chreste, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Michel Goury, Frederick L. Hemke, Joseph Lulloff, and Scott Plugge. Loeffert has had additional studies with Jan Berry Baker, Griffin Campbell, Masahito Siguhara, and Kelland Thomas, and significant support and mentorship from David Dees and John Nichol.
Loeffert is a Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Yamaha saxophones and Vandoren reeds.
Joseph Lulloff is professor of saxophone and area chair of woodwinds at the Michigan State University College of Music.
He has performed as a member of the wind sections of the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, among others. Commenting on Lulloff’s recent solo performances of the Ingolf Dahl Saxophone Concertowith the Cleveland Orchestra, Dan Rosenberg wrote in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Lulloff was amazing. He traversed the instrument with seamless agility, filled out phrases for all their expressive worth and achieved dynamics from inaudible purrs to penetrating howls." The Akron Beacon Journal noted: "Joseph Lulloff played with all the finesse of a top-notch concert violinist." And the New York Times commented: “…Mr. Lulloff demonstrated considerable virtuosity as a soloist.” As soprano saxophonist with the Capitol Quartet, Lulloff performs and participates in educational residences with this critically acclaimed saxophone quartet throughout the United States.
He received his bachelor of music and a master of music degrees from Michigan State University. He is a recipient of numerous awards for solo performance, including the Concert Artists Guild Award; the Pro Musicus International Music Award; the Teacher/Scholar Award from MSU and the Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006. Lulloff has been featured at World Saxophone Congresses in Tokyo, Japan; Valencia, Spain; Nuremburg, Germany; Montreal, Canada, and Chicago.
Equally adept with both classical and jazz repertoire, he is featured both as a soloist and ensemble member in numerous recordings on the Arabesque, RCA, Albany, AUR, Veriatza, and Channel Classics labels. His recording of the Ingolf Dahl Concerto for Saxophone (Music of Dahl, Colgrass and Ruggiero-AUR Recordings) has been hailed by critics for its appealing musical virtuosity and sensitivity.
Lulloff is a Yamaha Performing Artist and resides in Okemos, Michigan, with his wife Janet and son Jordan.
John Nichol, Professor of Saxophone, has taught at Central Michigan University since 1980. Professor Nichol has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland (1997), the North Sea Jazz Festival at The Hague, Netherlands (1997) and the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival (2000, 2001, 2002). Professor Nichol has also performed by invitation at seven World Saxophone Congresses: Chicago, Illinois (1979), Nuremberg, Germany (1982), Kawasaki, Japan (1988), Valencia, Spain (1997) and Montreal, Canada (2000), Minneapolis, Minnesota (2003), St. Andrews, Scotland (2012). Nichol has recently performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Big Band, the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Saginaw Bay Orchestra and the Midland Symphony Orchestra.
Professor Nichol is an active adjudicator for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and has taught saxophone and coached saxophone ensembles at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp (2005, 2006, 2007). Professor Nichol is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is Past President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.
JONATHAN NICHOL is an active performing saxophonist who champions new music and has presented concerts throughout the United States, Bosnia, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, and Thailand. He has premiered pieces by renowned composers including Marc Mellits, Charles Ruggiero, Forrest Pierce, Paquito D’Rivera, Daniel Wohl, Marvin Lamb, Jeffrey Loeffert, Igor Karaça, Tina Tallon, and Drew Baker. Jonathan was a solo-artist semi-finalist in the 2009 Concert Artist Guild Competition and a finalist with the award-winning h2 quartet in the 2012 Concert Artist Guild Competition. Jonathan is also an accomplished orchestral soloist, having performed concerti with the Central Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, Grand Valley State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble, University of Oklahoma Symphonic Band, University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Wichita State Symphony, and Wichita State University Symphonic Winds. Additionally, he has been prominently featured with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Flint Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Norman Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the West Michigan Symphony.
Jonathan is a founding member of the h2 quartet, recipients of the prestigious Gold Medal at the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Prize Award recipients at the inaugural North American Saxophone Alliance Chamber Music Competition (2008). The h2 quartet is a dynamic recording ensemble, releasing five albums on the Blue Griffin Label: Generations (2008), Times and Spaces (2010), Groove Machine (2012), Hard Line (2015), and Enrapture (2016). Each of these recordings has received critical acclaim in industry publications and Groove Machine was selected by the American Record Guide as one of the best chamber music recordings of 2012. Jonathan has also recorded albums with the Boyd Street Brass Band, Billband, and the h2/4 duo with saxophonist Jeffrey Loeffert. Sparkle, a piece from Billband’s album Towards Daybreak, features Jonathan on soprano saxophone and was selected by NPR Music as one of the top 100 songs of 2013.
An active jazz musician, Jonathan Nichol has performed with Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, David Liebman, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band, the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, and The Four Tops. He leads his own jazz group, the Nichol Quartet, and is a member of Boyd Street Brass.
Jonathan Nichol is Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Oklahoma. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2010) and a Master of Music degree (2007) from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree (2005) from Central Michigan University. Jonathan’s primary teachers include John Nichol, Joseph Lulloff, Robbie Smith, Diego Rivera, and Rodney Whitaker. He is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Vandoren Performing Artist.
Described by noted American composer Libby Larsen as “fearless on stage,” saxophonist Stephen Page has garnered international prominence as one of the leading saxophonist’s of today’s younger generation.
Dr. Page has appeared across four continents, in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. He has performed under such notable conductors as Fredrick Fennell, Ray Cramer, Craig Kirchhoff, Gary Hill, Toshiyuki Shimada, Gary Green, Richard Heidel and Akira Mori.
Well known for his interpretations of the great original works for saxophone, Stephen has also gained acclaim for his innovative arrangements and performances of the violin repertoire from composers such as Brahms, Faure, Grieg, Franck and Prokofiev, and Bach. He has also furthered the saxophone repertoire through the commissioning of new works from composers such as John Mackey, David Maslanka, David Rakowski, Ida Gotkovsky, David Canfield, Mark Lewis, Gregory Wanamaker, and Mark Mellits, among many others.
Stephen has won prizes in no fewer than ten international and national competitions, including 1st Prizes at the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition, Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Competition, AUREC Saxophone Competition and the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition. Additionally he has been awarded 2nd Prize in the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition (2008 and 2010), the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition, and a Silver Medal at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
As the Alto Saxophone chair of the critically acclaimed Zzyzx Quartet, Stephen has appeared internationally in venues both public and academic in such notable venues as Izumi hall in Osaka, Japan, and Symphony Space in New York City. Their most recent recording, “Intersections” features standard original repertoire for quartet, newly commissioned works, and the group’s own transcriptions. Most recently, Zzyzx was selected to serve on the panel for the 2014 Barlow Endowment Prize as one of three internationally recognized quartets, and will premiere the winning composer’s new work for quartet in 2016.
Dr. Page has been an active recording artist since producing his first recording at 21 years old. Since that time, he has produced nine additional recordings as a soloist and chamber musician, which can be heard on the Enharmonic, Teal Creek, Crystal Music, and AUR Labels.
Currently residing in Texas and teaching at the Butler School of Music within the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Page has earned degrees from the University of Minnesota, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the University of Iowa, having studied under Eugene Rousseau, Otis Murphy and Kenneth Tse, respectively.
Stephen Page is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and a D’Addario Artist.