2011 1st Prize Classical Saxophone: Phil Pierick

philpierick_portraitAs a staunch advocate for new music, saxophonist Phil Pierick has commissioned more than a dozen new works and presented premieres in France, Scotland, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States. Current recording projects include an album of previously unreleased chamber music for saxophone by Percy Grainger and Invisible Seams, an album of new works written specifically 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 saxophonists 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.

Phil is a three-time prizewinner at the MTNA National Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions (2009, 2011, 2012), took third prize in the inaugural ISSAC International Saxophone Competition, was named Vandoren Emerging Artist of 2011, and won the University of Illinois Concerto Competition in 2012. As national winner of the 2009 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians, Phil studied with Jean-Michel Goury in Paris at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Boulogne-Billancourt.

Phil currently serves as the undergraduate saxophone quartet coach at Eastman School of Music, where he is a doctoral candidate under the direction of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. Phil holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Debra Richtmeyer and held the position of saxophone teaching assistant.