Anders Paulsson

Anders Paulsson is regarded as one of the foremost soprano saxophonists in the world. The fact that he is equally at home in a wide range of musical styles – in the classical repertoire with transcriptions of Bach and Mozart, in original compositions by contemporary composers and in jazz – is evidence of the breadth of his musicianship.

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Anders Paulsson won admittance to the Royal Academy of Music in 1978 and later continued his studies in France with Jean-Marie Londeix. He won the Gold and Silver medals at the 1982 Concours Fin d´Anneé in Bordeaux and was awarded a major ITT International Scholarship for graduate studies in jazz improvisation and composition at Manhattan School of Music, New York City.

He made his Carnegie Hall début in 1991 with the premiere of a new work written for him by American composer David Conte and has since then concertized extensively and taught master classes on the soprano saxophone in the United States, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden. He has been guest artist at the Aspen, Spoleto, Gotland and Siljan Music Festivals and has collaborated with Håkan Hagegård, Alice Babs, Red Mitchell, Arve Tellefsen, Okku Kamu, Lan Shui and Lu Jia to name but a few. 

Paulsson´s masterful tone has inspired several composers to write music directly for him, besides which Anders Paulsson himself is a brilliant arranger and composer. He often focuses on his own instrument, like in the beautiful solo piece Lullaby, Anthem for the Homeless for soprano saxophone and organ, and Danjugan Sanctuary inspired by the Danjugan Island in the Philippines and it’s surrounding reefs. He has also made a number of settings and arrangements for mixed choir a cappella and sometimes mixed choir accompanied by the soprano saxophone and organ.

In 1994 Paulsson was awarded "The Golden clapperboard" for best original film music. His music is published by Warner Chappell Music Scandinavia and Gehrmans Musikförlag.

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