Southern Oregon University Department of Performing Arts presents Kenneth Tse

Dubbed “a young virtuoso” by the New York Times

(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Department of Performing Arts at Southern Oregon University presents saxophonist Kenneth Tse, winner of the prestigious New York Artists International Award and the National Alliance for Excellence’s Alex Award, in addition to many others. Tse’s singular performance in Southern Oregon will be held at 7:30 pm on Monday, Oct. 7 in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus. Admission is free of charge. Widely recognized as one of the world’s leading classical saxophonists, Kenneth Tse is certainly one of the instrument’s outstanding proponents on any saxophone aficionado’s short list. He burst on the scene in 1996 with a debut recital at Carnegie Hall, after which he was hailed as “a young virtuoso” by the New York Times.
Tse has garnered a multitude of awards in less than a decade and a half. Since then he has been a frequent soloist on five continents, including solo appearances with the Des Moines Symphony, United States Navy Band, Slovenia Army Band, La Armónica Band of Bunol, Spain, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta among others. He is frequent featured artist at events such as the triennial World Saxophone Congress and North American Saxophone Alliance conferences.
He has also been a guest clinician at conferences hosted by the California Band Directors’ Association, Iowa Bandmaster’s Association, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics. Prestigious universities and conservatories worldwide, such as Sydney Conservatory, Moscow Conservatory and Paris Conservatory have invited him to give master classes.
Rhett Bender, SOU Professor of Music in saxophone studies, says “I saw Kenneth Tse’s amazing performance of the entire Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at the Exhibition’ at St. Andrew’s Scotland for the World Saxophone Congress. I am thrilled to bring his performance of that and more to the Rogue Valley. He is truly a world-class saxophonist.”
As an advocate for new music, Tse has had more than thirty works dedicated to him by notable American composers such as David DeBoor Canfield, John Cheetham, Andrea Clearfield, David Froom, Perry Goldstein, Greg Fritze, Walter Hartley, as well as Victoriano Valencia of Colombia, Guy Lacour of France, Barry Cockcroft of Australia and Piet Swerts of Belgium. Tse has recorded and premiered many of these concertos, sonatas, solo works and chamber pieces. His arrangements for the saxophone are published by Reed Music, Australia, and his articles and interviews have been featured in the Saxophone Journal, The Instrumentalist, Fanfare Magazine, Saxophone Symposium, Iowa Bandmaster Association Journal, Japan’s Piper and The Sax Magazines, and Yamaha Education Series. More information about Tse can be found at
Southern Oregon University is proud to offer admission to this concert free of charge.

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