Michigan State saxophonist to perform Jan. 23

The Penn State School of Music welcomes Michigan State faculty saxophonist Joseph Lulloff for a guest recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in Eisenhower Chapel of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the University Park campus. Admission is free.

Saxophonist Joseph Lulloff is one of today’s most sought-after performers and clinicians. Acclaimed internationally for his innovative style and unparalleled virtuosity, Lulloff has been described by Branford Marsalis as “a marvelous musician” whose “knowledge of music, along with his ability to embrace music normally considered outside the sphere, makes him a joy to listen to.” He performs regularly with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and as soloist in many of the most prestigious concert venues in the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and Japan.

Joseph Lulloff received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. He has taught at the University of Illinois and is currently distinguished professor of saxophone performance studies at Michigan State University. He is a member of the summer artist faculty at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina, and is past president of the North American Saxophone Alliance. His honors include a Pro Musicis International Music Award, and both the Teacher/Scholar Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award from Michigan State University. As winner of the annual Concert Artists Guild International Music Competition, he has presented solo recitals at New York’s Weill Recital Hall and major concert halls in Washington, D.C. (Smithsonian Institute), Boston (Jordan Hall), and Los Angeles. New York Times critic Alan Hughes commented, “Lulloff’s artistry showed fine instincts for phrasing in both brilliant and pensive music.”

Lulloff has performed as a member of the wind sections of the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras, among others. As soprano saxophonist with the Capitol Quartet, Mr. Lulloff performs and participates in educational residences with this critically acclaimed saxophone quartet throughout the United States. For more information about the Capitol Quartet, visit www.capitolquartet.com.

Equally adept with both classical and jazz repertoire, Lulloff 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.

Last Updated January 21, 2015