World Saxophone Congress 2012, St Andrews, Scotland



In Conversation with Eugene Rousseau

 

Thomas Liley interviews Eugene Rousseau, a unique international ambassador for the saxophone. They will discuss his pioneering work in performance, education and saxophone design, incorporating the highly successful schools of saxophone at the Universities of Indiana and Minnesota, and the recent much acclaimed re-issue of his book "Marcel Mule, His Life and the Saxophone".


Eugene Rousseau is currently Artist Professor at the University of Minnesota and 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 solo saxophone recitals in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, London and Amsterdam. He has given a yearly master course at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg during 1991-2001, marking the first time that the saxophone was included at that institution.  He  has premiered numerous works written for him, including the Partita by Juan Orrego-Salas (with the Haydn Trio of Vienna), Jindrich Feld's Sonata for alto saxophone and piano, and Concerto for saxophones and orchestra, Bernhard Heiden's Fantasia Concertante for alto saxophone and winds, Hear Again in Memory, by Frederick Fox, Don Freund's Skyscrapings for alto saxophone and piano, and Concertos by Libby Larsen, Claude Baker, and David DeBoor Canfield. He has appeared as a soloist with countless orchestras.

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. He 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 holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University, having served on the IU faculty from 1964 to 2000.
 




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