Philipp Stäudlin

Assistant Professor of Saxophone

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Philipp A. Stäudlin joined the Conservatory in 2016 and is an assistant professor of saxophone in both the standard degree and contemporary music programs.

Stäudlin is an award-winning virtuoso saxophonist who has performed hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His characteristic tonal qualities, deep sense of phrasing, and superb technical skills make him one of the most unique voices in today's classical saxophone world.

A native of Friedrichshafen, Germany, Stäudlin has appeared as a soloist with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Sound Icon ensemble, White Rabbit Ensemble (former ensemble-in-residence at Harvard University), Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, Callithumpian Consort, Bielefelder Philharmoniker, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Tufts University Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Providence Singers. He has also performed with the Harvard Group for New Music, EQ ensemble, ECCE ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Steamboat Switzerland, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble White Rabbit, Ludovico Ensemble, IGNM Basel, Alea III, Back Bay Chorale, and many others.

A graduate of Musikhochschule Basel, Stäudlin received a Soloist Diploma, having studied with Marcus Weiss and Iwan Roth. He was awarded a full scholarship two years in a row from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study with Kenneth Radnofsky at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he received an Artist Diploma as well as the Victor Rosenbaum Medal. 

Stäudlin currently has 15 CD recordings available on the New World, Tzadik, Albany, Innova, Suspicious Motives, New Focus, Navona, and Newport Classics, Enja, and Ars Musici labels. He is a member of the Sound Icon, Callithumpian Consort, and EQ ensembles. Stäudlin has premiered more than 100 works. 

He lives with his wife, pianist Yoko Hagino, and their daughter in Melrose, Massachusetts.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • Victor Rosenbaum Medal, Longy School of Music (2003)
  • DAAD-Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service, 2002)
  • DAAD-Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service, 2001)
  • Artist-in-Residence Award (German Radio) with the New Art Saxophone Quartet (2001)
  • First Chamber Music Prize and Audience Price, Chamber Music Competition, German Music Foundation (Kammermusikwettbewerb des Deutschen Musikrats, 1998) 
  • First Prize and Audience Prize, International Saxophone Competition Gustav Bumcke, Germany (1998)

Recent Engagements

  • Concerto performance with Boston Modern Orchestra Project: Joseph Butch Rovan's Aerial Variations
  • CD recording with Boston Modern Orchestra Project: Joseph Butch Rovan's Aerial Variations
  • Concerto performance with Northwest Florida Orchestra: Milhaud's Scaramouche, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise
  • World premiere of Tina Tallon's Studies on the Intensification of Light and Shadow for tenor saxophone and wind ensemble
  • CD releases of Eric Chasalow's Are You Radioactive, Pal? and Sally Reid's Three Trifles (from Ripples)
In Their Own Words

My primary goals of teaching saxophone lessons are to help students achieve complete mastery of the instrument, as well as develop great musicality. Focus of repertoire: late 20th century and after; also the traditional saxophone repertoire, as well as transcriptions.