Jean-Marie Londeix, President of Jury
Concert saxophonist, professor and concert producer, born into a family of musicians, 20 September 1932, in Arveyres, France in the region of Gironde. He was imbued very early in the pedagogical heritage of the piano and violin. At the age of fourteen he obtained a First Prize in saxophone from the Bordeaux Conservatory. His father formed, with his five children, an ensemble that performed regularly in and around Libourne. In 1948 he began studying with Marcel MULE. In order to have a trade before exclusively devoting his life to music, he entered a school for watch-making, while still taking classes at the Bordeaux Conservatory, followed by brilliant musical studies at the Paris Conservatory where he obtained the highest marks and awards.
As a concert soloist, recitalist; or conductor he performed more than 600 concerts with an excess of 250 works dedicated to him.
"An example of courage, hope and passion" (Keiji Munesada). His peers consider him "without question one of the world's greatest saxophonists and teachers. His influence has been strongly felt throughout the international saxophone community" (Gérald DONOVITCH), "One of the greatest musicians of our time" (Edison DENISOV), "Dean of French saxophonists who has made Bordeaux the world's leading center of saxophone studies" (Washington Post), "A model for classical saxophone" (Ramon RICKER), "Perhaps, after Adolphe SAX and his teacher Marcel MULE, the most important 'inventor' of the classical saxophone" (Francesco SALIME), "Master of the modern saxophone" (James UMBLE), "There is no one like you in France, or anywhere for that matter, in terms of your contributions to traditional and contemporary saxophone literature and pedagogy" (Frederick HEMKE), "The master of the masters" (Theodore KERKEZOS), "Jean-Marie LONDEIX deserves the deepest admiration for the quality of his work, but even more importantly for his very 'modern' position concerning all that touches the saxophone, both near and far" (Walter BOUDREAU), "His extensive output is known far and wide; not only for the quality of his amazing musical performances, but also for his teaching and his profound insight and thought" (François ROSSÉ).
Dr. William Street, Coordinator
The winner of many awards including the "Certificat d'Aptitude de Saxophone", France's highest recognition of excellence in music performance and pedagogy, William Street has earned worldwide respect as one of North America's finest instrumentalists. He holds degrees from Northwestern University, the Conservatoire National de Bordeaux, France and the Catholic University of America. His teachers have included George Etheridge, Frederick L. Hemke, Jean-Marie Londeix, Frederick Ockwell and John P. Paynter.Dr. Street, a member of the Bro-Street Duo and the Ensemble International de Saxophones de Bordeaux, was also a member of the Chicago Saxophone Quartet, Washington, D.C. Saxophone Quartet and Frederick Hemke Saxophone Quartet prior to joining the University of Alberta Department of Music in 1988, where he teaches as saxophone instructor, chamber music coach and Director of the University Concert Band.
William Street has appeared as recitalist, conductor and soloist with orchestras and bands throughout Europe, Central and North America and Asia. He can be heard on compact disc recordings Sunthesis: "Les Septs Iles" (QM6901, Paris), "L'Ensemble International de Saxophones" (ACD0086, Tokyo), "At Your Service - Légende by Florent Schmitt" (Arktos 94005) with pianist Sylvia Taylor and the Centaur recording of Evolution V for five saxophonists by Marilyn Shrude, recorded with the Chicago Saxophone Quartet. His recent compact disc recording of Tre Vie, Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra by Malcolm Forsyth with Grzegorz Nowak and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra was nominated for a 1999 Juno award. He has also recorded "héliosaxo" (Arktos - SRI- CD97018), a compact disc recording of twentieth century music for saxophone and piano with pianist Roger Admiral, featuring the music of composers Harbison, Karlins, Lauba, d'Indy, Rolin, Houkom. His recitals and concerts are frequently broadcast on programs of the CBC radio stations.
He served as President of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) from 1992-1994 and has represented Canada at music conferences in France, Japan, Italy, Spain and the United States. He is the former Secretary of the World Saxophone Congress International Committee, and was instrumental in preparation for the XI World Congress held in Spain in October 1997. He has written articles and reviews published in the NASA Journal as well as the Bulletin de l'Association des Saxophonistes de France (ASAFRA).
His published work includes the English translation of Hello! Mr. Sax, ou les Parametres du Saxophone (Leduc) by Jean-Marie Londeix, "Elise Boyer Hall," and "The Life of Elise Boyer Hall" in Les États Généraux Mondiaux du Saxophone. He and Anna Street recently translated into English the Méthode d'Etude de Saxophone, by Jean-Marie Londeix published by Éditions Henry Lemoine in Paris.
Dr. Street is a Selmer clinician, He has a strong interest in music education and appears frequently as recitalist, adjudicator and conductor throughout North America and Europe.
Dutch saxophonist Arno Bornkamp (1959) is the archetype of the modern virtuoso, feeling equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire. Hailed as a lyrical musician with a great sense of performance, Bornkamp studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Ed Bogaard and graduated in 1986 with the highest distinction. He has won many awards, the 'Silver Laurel of the Concertgebouw' and the 'Netherlands Music Prize' among the most noteworthy. The latter enabled him to go abroad, studying in France with Daniel Deffayet and Jean-Marie Londeix, in Japan with Ryo Noda as well as working with composers as Luciano Berio and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Since his 1982 solo debut in Rome, performing the 'Concertino da Camera' by Jacques Ibert, he has played more than 250 concerts with orchestras around the world, including the most important works from the saxophone repertoire in addition to new concerti written especially for him, such as the 'Tallahatchie Concerto' by Jacob TV. In the year 2009 Bornkamp added 3 new works to his repertoire: 'Trois Danses' (orig. for oboe) by Frank Martin and 2 new saxophone concerto's by Joey Roukens and Carlos Michans. This fits perfectly in Bornkamp’s ambassadorship for new music: throughout his whole career he has collaborated with composers, such as Martijn Padding, Christian Lauba, Peter van Onna, Otto Ketting, Louis Andriessen, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Simon Burgers, Wijand van Klaveren en Perry Goldstein.
Chamber music is also a great love of Arno Bornkamp. He has a long-standing duo with pianist Ivo Janssen and is part of the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet (one of the world's most acclaimed saxophone quartets), which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008.
Arno Bornkamp's many activities (including concerts, festivals, masterclasses, lectures) have taken him to many countries in Europe, the USA, the Far East and South America, but the highlight of his career took place closer to home: in the summer of 1996 he played with Ivo Janssen due to the Prinsengracht Concert in Amsterdam for an audience of more than 15.000 people.
The many CD's he has made since 1990 since on various labels have garnered national and international praise. A remarkable project is a tryptich of CD's on the Ottavo label: 'The Classical Saxophone from a Historical Perspective', covering three important periods in the history of the saxophone: the beginning period with works from around 1850 written for Adolphe Sax ('Adolphe Sax Revisited'), the beginning of the 20th Century with impressionistic music ('Boston-Paris, the Elisa Hall Collection') and the years '20 and '30 in Berlin ('Metropolis Berlin'). His most recent CD-project was released by the Basta label in 2009: 'Buku of Horn: Arno B. plays JacobTV', a portrait of Dutch composer JacobTV.
Arno Bornkamp is a renowned teacher, leading an international saxophone class at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In the summer he leads the International Saxophone Masterclass in Laubach (Germany) and he teaches at the Université d'Eté Européenne pour saxophone in Gap (France).
Lars Mlekusch was born in 1978 in Baden/Switzerland. He has has performed in prestigious concert halls and at festivals in most European countries as well as in New Zealand, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and in the USA. He is a member of the Vienna based Soloist Ensemble phace|contemporary music and a regular guest musician with the Klangforum Wien since 2000. His performances have been broadcast on many major radio stations. Specialised in contemporary music, Lars has performed numerous world premieres for solo saxophone or works written for one of his ensembles, such as the Duo Saxophonic (sax/electronics) or the Duo Iridolon (sax/organ)
Since 2005, Lars Mlekusch is professor at the Konservatorium Wien University where he is leading an international saxophone studio. From 2004 to 2007 he was also teaching saxophone at the University of Music in Basel. Mlekusch has been teaching Masterclasses at several conservatories and music universities in the world (e.g in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Basel, Lucerne, Brussels, Milan, Rome, Ljubljana, Madrid, Sevilla, Paris, Palma de Mallorca, Bangkok and many more). For 2011 he has also been invited to teach and perform at the prestigious Université Européenne de saxophone à Gap in France and to be part of the jury at the International Saxophone Competition in Nova Gorica (Slovenia).
Lars Mlekusch is a graduate from the University of Music in Basel where he studied saxophone with Marcus Weiss and from Northwestern University Chicago/Evanston studying with Frederick L. Hemke. From Arno Bornkamp and Claude Delangle he received further impulses through private studies.
|Daniel Kientzy was born in Périgueux in 1951. A professional musician before the age of 16, he played the bass guitar in dance and pop bands. Later, by chance, and almost beyond the age limit, he came into contact with classical music, entering the saxophone class of the Limoges Conservatory thanks to M. Decouais who admitted him in the middle of the academic year. While attending the Paris Conservatory, he studied the double bass at the Versailles Conservatory. A year or two later he was playing this instrument with a provincial opera company. He also studied early music and period instruments: the viola da gamba, the crumhorns, the cornamusen, recorders, forming the ensemble Musica Ficta, the repertory of which covered the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods.Various circumstancesled him to study acoustics, electro-acoustics, recording techniques and signal processing. This also led him to take a doctoral degree in aesthetics, sciences and art technology. His training in contemporary music took place with the composers themselves .|
When the necessity arose, in 1978/79, of devoting himself entirely to contemporary music, he chose the saxophone(s) as sole instrument(s). His identification with the avant-garde and the absence of a repertory very soon led him to become the 'inventor' of the modern saxophone.
He undertook unprecedented research into the seven members of the saxophone family. Thanks to impeccable logic, a rare eye for detail and remarkable intuition, he succeeded in establishing a fundamental renewal of the potential of these aerophones, one that concerns both tone-colour and expression. The fruits of his research are to be found in several works, most notably the monumental and revolutionary Saxologie, unique in the history of music.
In parallel, he commenced an extraordinary artistic collaboration with dozens upon dozens of composers from extremely diverse geographical and aesthetic horizons, which has led to the production of more than 300 works which are, for him, so many worlds that he inhabits quite separately one from another and to which he devotes himself, infusing them with life in the course of an essentially international career entirely devoted to contemporary activity. At the same time, his instrumental eloquence established the saxophone(s) as an undisputed solo instrument in the contemporary music scene. A profoundly independent artiste, he has, however, never wanted to create a school, though one can inevitably refer to the saxophone 'before Kientzy' and 'since Kientzy'. Moreover, though he does not teach, his treatises form an unprecedented pedagogical contribution of value to both composers and performers.
In masterly manner he has broadened the scope of performance by including electro-acoustic techniques, as concerns both recording (which in most cases he controls directly in accordance with the specificities of the medium) and mixed media performance for which, together with Reina Portuondo, he created Enneaphony, a tool for meta-chamber music. In this respect, physical and/or artificial spatialisation are added to natural performance features. This alchemy of course incorporates all possible tone-colourings, sound transformations, temporal shifts and other sound changes by these electro-acoustic means considered from an instrumental point of view as a prolongation of instrumental performance in the service of his artistic conception and musical approach . The musical treatment of these features gives rise to what may be termed an organo-intrumental interpretative Art.
Debra Richtmeyer, Professor of Saxophone at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1991, is an internationally renowned classical saxophone soloist and pedagogue. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Thailand as a soloist and clinician and was the first woman to perform as a concerto soloist with orchestra at a World Saxophone Congress. Professor Richtmeyer’s solo recording, Light of Sothis, was described by The Saxophone Symposium as, “sterling throughout ... a first-class soloist by any standards.” Richtmeyer’s solo CD, Extravaganza for Saxophone and Orchestra, on Albany Records was reviewed as "…flawless...an extraordinary album..." by the American Record Guide. Her latest CD, World Without Words: Debra Richtmeyer and The University of Illinois 2008-2009 Saxophone Studio, released by Mark Records was selected for the 2011 Grammy Entry List. A member of the music faculty at the University of North Texas from 1981-1991, Richtmeyer holds degrees from Northwestern University, where she studied with Frederick L. Hemke. She received the 2002 University of Illinois Campus Award for "Outstanding Graduate and Professional Teaching" and the 1997 College of Fine and Applied Arts Award for "Outstanding Faculty Member". She is an artist and clinician for Conn-Selmer Inc. and is President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.
The music of Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen has been called “absolutely captivating” (Chicago Sun Times). Prangcharoen has established an international reputation and is recognized as one of Thailand’s leading composers. He has received many international prizes, including the Alexander Zemlinsky International Composition Competition Prize, the 18th ACL Yoshiro IRINO Memorial Composition Award, the Pacific Symphony’s American Composers Competition Prize, the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award, the Music Teacher National Association(USA) and, the Annapolis Charter 300 International Composers Competition Prize. In 2007, the Thai government named Prangcharoen a Contemporary National Artist and awarded him the Silapathorn Award, one of Thailand’s most prestigious honors.
Prangcharoen’s music has been performed in Asia, America, Australia, and Europe by many renowned ensembles such as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Grant Park Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, The Oregon Symphony Orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra, and the German National Theater Orchestra, under many well-known conductors, such Carl St. Clair, Carlos Kalmer, Jose-Luis Novo, Osmo Vaska, and Mikhail Pletnev. His music has also been presented by, among others, Ensemble TIMF, The New York New Music Ensemble, the Imani Winds, saxophonist John Sampen and pianist Bennett Lerner.
Prangcharoen’s music has been performed at many important music festivals, such as the Grant Park Music Festival, the Asia: the 21st Century Orchestra Project, the MoMA Music Festival, Maverick Concerts: “Music in the Wood”, Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Lincoln Center, and the Library of Congress.
Prangcharoen received his DMA from University of Missouri-Kansas City where he study with his primary teacher Chen Yi. In addition to working as a freelance composer, he is currently teaching at the Community Music and Dance Academy of the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri in Kansas City. Prangcharoen is the founder of the Thailand International Composition Festival in Thailand, now in its seventh year