A staunch advocate for new music, saxophonist Phil Pierick has commissioned more than a dozen new works and presented premieres in France, Scotland, Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States. Recent recording projects include an album of previously unreleased chamber music for saxophone by Percy Grainger (Naxos) and Invisible Seams (Teal Creek), an album of new works composed for his saxophone duo, Ogni Suono.

Ogni Suono is committed to expanding and promoting the repertoire for saxophone duo by commissioning and performing new works of various styles while also conducting workshops for students. Since 2010, Ogni Suono has performed and taught throughout North America, Southeast Asia, and in Europe, with performances at the World Saxophone Congress, Singapore Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, and various art galleries, universities, and music schools. The duo has conducted workshops for young musicians in Chicago, Malaysia, and Thailand and community outreach programs in Iowa City, IA as winner of a 2012-2013 Yamaha-in-Residence Fellowship from the College Music Society.

A Fulbright Scholar for 2014-2015, Phil will focus on contemporary performance practice in Vienna, Austria with Lars Mlekusch. The only saxophonist to receive prizes at both the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition (2014) and the ISSAC International Saxophone Competition (2012), Phil is also a three-time prizewinner at the MTNA National Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions (2009, 2011, 2012), and was named Vandoren Emerging Artist of 2011. A winner of the 2009 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians, he studied with Jean-Michel Goury in Paris at the CRR de Boulogne-Billancourt.

In April 2014, he received Eastman School of Music’s Teaching Assistant Prize for his work as an instructor of chamber music at Eastman. Phil aims to foster the internal curiosity and creativity of students, cultivating their own personal musical interests and goals. His students have taken first prize in the MTNA National Chamber Music (2014) and 198th Army Band Small Ensemble (2013) competitions, and have been semi-finalists in the ISSAC International Saxophone Competition (2013). Guest teaching has taken Phil to the Allerton Chamber Music Symposium, Illinois Summer Youth Music, and more than a dozen universities and conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Taiwan.

Phil is currently a doctoral candidate and recipient of the Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. His Bachelor and Master of Music degrees are from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Debra Richtmeyer and held the position of saxophone teaching assistant.

Personal Web page: http://philpierick.com/

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