Classic Winds • International Saxophone and Clarinet Competition

Kenneth Tse

Kenneth Tse — Classic Winds • International Saxophone and Clarinet Competition

Hong Kong-born Kenneth Tse is widely recognized as one of the world's leading classical saxophonists. He burst onto the international music scene in 1996 after winning the New York International Artists Competitions and The Alex Award from the National Alliance for Excellence. The New York Times hailed him as a “young virtuoso.” Both awards led to his debut performances at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall. Since then he has performed as a soloist on five continents. He has also been invited as a guest clinician at major music conferences hosted by the California Band Directors’ Association, the Iowa Bandmasters Association and The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference. He is often invited to give masterclasses at major music conservatories around the world including the Conservatoire de Paris, the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. More recently he served as a jury member at the prestigious 6th Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition in Belgium. Kenneth Tse has recorded seven CDs for the Crystal label and appears on twelve other recordings for the RIAX Records, Enharmonic Records, Arizona University Recordings and MSR Classics labels. A strong advocate for new music, he has premiered and recorded over thirty works dedicated to him by many noted American and international composers. His arrangements for the saxophone are published by Reed Music in Australia and he has also contributed many articles for the Saxophone Journal, The Instrumentalist, Fanfare, The Saxophone Symposium, Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Japan’s Piper and the Yamaha Education Suite. Kenneth Tse is currently Professor of Saxophone at The University of Iowa, Past-President of the International Saxophone Committee and North American Saxophone Alliance and founder of the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium.

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