Debut Program

Kenneth Radnofsky and Radnofsky Quartet

photos by Julia Radnofsky


Kenneth Radnofsky, soprano and alto saxophones, and pre-recorded
alto-saxophones (7), John McDonald, Elliott Schwartz, piano, Demetrius Spaneas, pre-recorded baritone saxophone

Radnofsky Quartet (Debut Performance) --Philipp Staudlin, soprano saxophone, Kenneth Radnofsky-alto saxophone, Eliot Gattegno-tenor saxophone, Eric
Hewitt-baritone saxophone

*denotes works written expressly for Kenneth Radnofsky

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LIVE cd. Program March 27, 2003
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Mr. Gershwin on Folly Pier (1995)* Vincent Plush
Mr. Radnofsky (live) and saxophone ensemble (recorded 1994-1995)
-Boston Premiere
1, 2

Capriccetti Op. 343 (2002-2003)* John McDonald
1. With lyrical whimsy. Adventitiously
2. Adagio framing Whirligig
- World Premiere Performance-
Messrs. Radnofsky and McDonald
3, 4

Pastoral for Saxophone and Piano (1945) Elliott Carter
Messrs. Radnofsky and McDonald

Hall of Mirrors (2001) Elliott Schwartz
Briskly. Spritely , Humoreske, Drones and Points,
Chorale with Interruptions, Mirror Variations
Mr. Schwartz and Radnofsky Quartet

Saxophone Quartet (1992) Charles Wuorinen
Radnofsky Quartet

Mr. Radnofsky and Radnofsky Quartet perform exclusively on Selmer Instruments


Radnofsky Quartet Residency Proposal Regional Residency (1 month or 2-2 week visits)

A standing ovation by a generous and appreciative audience at Jordan Hall (New England Conservatory, Boston), following a magical 2003 debut. This new quartet represented the development of thirty years of performance and teaching for founder Kenneth Radnofsky (all members were/are his former students). Said Radnofsky, “This is the finest quartet with which I’ve ever performed. I don’t believe we could have put together a better quartet, anywhere. It’s the closest to a matched set that I could have imagined, while still leaving plenty of room for individual personalities.”

4 Programs (5th program option)

Program #1- The Art of Fugue J.S. Bach

The last music of the greatest composer the earth has known, written for
unspecified instruments, and realized for Saxophone Quartet. The last 4 notes
spell Bach’s musical signature...The work will be played in its entirety.

Program#2- Debussy and Ravel Quartets**

Two of the most perect quartets ever written, transcending the instruments
for which they were originally scored, by the early 20th century composers who defined Impressionism in music.
**a substitution for program two is available-Penderecki and Ligeti new
saxophone quartets

Program #3- 20th and 21st Century Masterworks

Original works for saxophone quartet, testing musicianship and technique to
the maximum, by Iannis Xenakis, Charles Wuorinen and Franco Donatoni. The
group will also premiere a new work by quartet member Eric Hewitt.

Program #4- Music by Composers of the Region

Regional composers will be presented in a recital devoted entirely to their

Program #5 (Optional as budget permits)- Piano and Saxophone Quartet

The work of Edison Denisov (Quintet) will be performed with John McDonald, for several years Radnofsky recital partner.

All programs include a 4 day residency stay (per program) by the Radnofsky Quartet, and will include workshops, masterclasses, open rehearsals and discussions led by each member of the quartet (program #s 1-4), and a fifth by composer McDonald (option 5).Sponsor may schedule up to 5 hours per day of Radnofsky Quartet events per residency, with one public performance per residency.


Radnofsky Quartet Biography

A standing ovation by a generous and appreciative audience Jordan Hall (New England Conservatory, Boston) following a magical 2003 debut; this new quartet represented the development of thirty years of performance and teaching (all members were/are his former students) for founder Kenneth Radnofsky. -Said Radnofsky, ‘This is the finest quartet with which I've ever performed. I don't believe we could have put together a better quartet, anywhere. It's the closest to a matched set that I could have imagined, while still leaving plenty of room for individual personalities.'  The Radnofsky Quartet has commissioned or premiered works by Lei Liang, Armand Qualliotine, John McDonald, Eric Sawyer, John Morrison, Felipe Lara,  Lansing McCloskey, Margaret McAllister, Howard Frazin and Fran Trester.  Their recordings of Elliott Schwartz 'Hall of Mirrors,' for saxophone quartet and piano, with the composer at the piano, and Armand Qualliotine's Fantasia on B.A.C.H., have recently been released on Albany Records. 

Philipp A. Stäudlin, Soprano Saxophone

Philipp A. Stäudlin, a native of Friedrichshafen, Germany has performed hundreds of concerts throughout the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Austria, Sweden, France, Italy, Japan, Mongolia, and South Korea, as well as performing at major music festivals in Schlesswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, and at Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus Festival. As the youngest competitor, Stäudlin won First Prize in the Gustav Bumcke International Saxophone Competition.  As a member of the New Art Saxophone Quartet he received First Prize in the Chamber Music Competition of the German Music Foundation and the Artist in Residence newcomer’s award with German Radio. Graduated from Basel Musikhochschule in 1999, Stäudlin received a Soloist Diploma with Honors, having studied with Marcus Weiss and Iwan Roth. Philipp A. Stäudlin was funded by a full scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study with Kenneth Radnofsky at Longy School of Music, where he received the Artist Diploma and the Victor Rosenbaum Medal as the most outstanding student in 2002.  Mr. Stäudlin teaches on the applied faculty at Tufts University. He is the soprano saxophonist of the Radnofsky Quartet, and a member of the White Rabbit new music group.

Kenneth Radnofsky, Alto Saxophone

Saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky has appeared as soloist with the Leipzig Gewandhaus and New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, Dresden Staatskapelle, Boston Pops with John Williams (numerous), Taipei and Taiwan Symphonies, New World Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project with Gil Rose, Oregon Symphony, Marlboro Festival, Moscow Autumn, Carnegie Hall debut in NY premiere of Gunther Schuller's Concerto with National Orchestral Association, and world premiere of the Schuller with the Pittsburgh Symphony, with both performances conducted by Schuller.  Amram's Concerto, Ode to Lord Buckley, was premiered with the Portland Symphony, under Bruce Hangen.  Radnofsky has also performed on over 200 occasions for the Boston Symphony during the last 30 years. Over 70  composers commissioned by Radnofsky include Bell, Martino, Babbitt, Sims, Colgrass, Qualliotine, Yong, Shih-Hui Chen, Fatas, Bourland, Horvit, John McDonald, Betty Olivero, Gil Shohat, Lei Liang and John Harbison (San-Antonio premiered Dec. 3, 1995 by 43 saxophonists in multiple locations around the world, organized and founded by Radnofsky, entitled ‘World-Wide Concurrent Premieres.”)
Current solo CD releases include Debussy’s Rhapsody with NY Philharmonic (Teldec 13133), Records 1043), Fascinatin’ Rhythms (Boston Records 1044), Martino’s Concerto (New World 80529-2), Colgrass’ Dream Dancer  (Mode 125) and Schwartz’s Mehitabel's Serenade (Albany-Troy 646),   and Franz Waxman’s A Place in the Sun: Hollywood Bowl with John Mauceri (Philips 4321092).  Radnofsky's   teachers were Joseph Allard, Jeffrey Lerner, David Salge, Steven Hoyle, Terry Anderson and Duncan Hale. He is Saxophone Professor at The Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Longy School, and Boston University.

Eliot Gattegno, Tenor Saxophone

Praised by Fanfare Magazine as being a “hugely sensitive musician”, saxophonist Eliot Gattegno enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber musician.  He is the winner of the Tourjee Alumni Award of New England Conservatory and the only saxophonist – and one of the few Americans – to ever have won the “Kranichsteiner Musikpreis” of the Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik Darmstadt.  He has appeared as a soloist, recorded and collaborated with leading orchestras and ensembles around the globe including Klangforum Wein and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and worked with conductors including James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Kurt Masur at festivals such as Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, Shanghai, Prague, and Spoleto USA.  A former Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University and faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, he has presented guest lectures at Columbia, Princeton, Stanford, and the University of California, Berkeley.  He holds degrees from Interlochen Arts Academy and the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Kenneth Radnofsky.  Eliot can be heard on Albany, Cantaloupe, Innova, Mode, and Spektral Records amongst others.

Eric Hewitt, Baritone Saxophone

At age 32, saxophonist, conductor, composer/arranger, and educator Eric Hewitt enjoys an active and diverse musical career with activity throughout the world. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, he serves primarily as Chair of the Boston Conservatory Woodwind Department, and is the music director and conductor of The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble. He also serves as music director and conductor of White Rabbit, an avant-garde ensemble-in-residence at the Harvard Group for New Music, and of the Charles River Wind Ensemble. In addition to his active American schedule, he has appeared as saxophonist or conductor in Ireland, the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Japan, Venezuela, Canada, and Cuba. As a saxophonist, he is a founding member of the Yesaroun’ Duo (with percussionist Samuel Z Solomon) and the Radnofsky Saxophone Quartet, and has performed as soloist or guest artist with the Boston Pops, The New World Symphony, The Ryles Jazz Orchestra, The FROMM Players at Harvard, and The Tanglewood Music Center. He can be heard with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project on several BMOP Sound recordings, as well as on the Albany, Troy, Vee Records, and Innova labels. Yesaroun’ Duo’s recent recording project HeavyUp/HeavyDown is available on Gunther Schuller’s GM recordings, and can be found on iTunes.

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