Described by distinguished American composer John Corigliano as an "artist beyond his time", concert saxophonist, Don-Paul Kahl has performed throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and South-East Asia. He has appeared as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, the University of Florida Wind Symphony, and the Susquehanna University Orchestra.
An ardent supporter and advocate of contemporary and modern music, Don-Paul has been involved in the creation and performance of over 75 new works for saxophone by some of the most talented and award-winning young composers of the time. Recently commissioned composers include Nicolas Tzortzis, María Eugenia Luc, Gregory Wanamaker, Simone Movio, Chris Dench, Julien Malaussena, among many others.
As an avid and in-demand chamber musician, Don-Paul is active with the international interdisciplinary saxophone quartet, Ensemble du Bout du Monde (EBM), his duo with clarinetist, Jackie Glazier, Duo Entre-Nous, and with the Belgian based mixed ensemble, Hectuor Ensemble.
EBM embarks on season-long tours throughout Europe. Duo Entre-Nous gave the premiere of Scott McAllister's Concerto Americana in September 2015 with the University of Florida Wind Symphony and David Waybright conducting. In June 2017 they professionally recorded Gregory Wanamaker’s Ragahoro Breakdown for a new CD which was released in April 2018 through PARMA Recordings - Navona Records Label.
Don-Paul was a prize winner at the prestigious 4th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Recently, EBM won the first and special prizes at the 2017 Concours d'Interprétation de la Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt. He was also awarded the Harriett Hale Woolley Scholarship for academic study in Paris, France for the 2013-2014 year. Other awards include prizewinner in the 2013 Marco Fiorindo Chamber Music Competition, University of Florida Concerto Competition, and the Susquehanna University Concerto Competition, along with several others. Don-Paul currently serves on the faculty at the Susquehanna University High School Wind Ensemble Institute in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. He also holds the position of saxophone chair in the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in Ocala, Florida. Previously, he has served on the adjunct faculty at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida where he taught applied study in both saxophone and clarinet.
Currently, Don-Paul is living and working as a freelance saxophonist based in Belgium and is also a doctoral candidate for the Ph.D. in Artistic Research in collaboration with the Orpheus Institute in Belgium. In 2017, he completed a post-graduate performatory research program at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium. Previously, he earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music degree from Susquehanna University (Summa Cum Laude). His primary teachers and mentors are Jean-Michel Goury, Marcus Weiss, Jonathan Helton, Geoffrey Deibel, and Gail B. Levinsky, with additional study with Frederick L. Hemke.
Don-Paul Kahl is a Henri Selmer Paris and Conn-Selmer performing artist and performs on Selmer Paris saxophones exclusively.
Alessandro Cervino - Piano
Active as a concert pianist, Alessandro Cervino recently appeared in important venues and festivals in Belgium and abroad such as the International Piano Festival in Ravello (Italy), Festival Papaioannou in Kavala (Greece), Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano (Switzerland), OAMK Oulu (Finland), Centro de cultura musical in Porto (Portugal), Festival of Flanders, Musical Instruments Museum and Flagey in Brussels, Handelsbeurs in Ghent (Belgium),. . . .
He recorded a live solo recital for the Radio Télévision Belge Francophone and performed various piano concertos with the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the Milano classica orchestra, the Sturm und klang orchestra, and the Baylor Chamber Orchestra, working with conductors as Massimiliano Caldi, Pierre Bartholomée, Thomas Van Haepperen, and Stephen Heyde.
His repertoire ranges from Bach to the present day. His interest in performing contemporary music recently leads him to a.o. Ireland, the United Kingdom, England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, and Singapore.
Alessandro is also a sought-after chamber musician and has performed with artists such as Berten D’Hollander, Yossif Ivanov, Weronika Godlewska, Ludovica Nardone, Vincent Hepp, Frederika Mareels, and the Mendelssohn Ensemble. Alessandro graduated in piano with honours at the Conservatories of Milan and Brussels and at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (Belgium).
He studied piano with Chiaralberta Pastorelli, Paolo Bordoni and Aleksandar Madzar and further nurtured his musical gifts in a number of masterclasses held by Abdel-Rahman El-Bacha, Brigitte Engerer, David Lively, Alexander Lonquich, Andrea Lucchesini, and Elisso Virsaladze.
Alessandro's ongoing quest for further artistic development and a deeper understanding of the art of musical interpretation resulted in a doctoral degree in the performing arts obtained at the University of Leuven.
Alessandro is currently a professor of piano at LUCA––School of Arts, Campus Lemmensinstituut, the College of Music and Performing Arts of the Leuven University Association. He was recently invited to give piano masterclasses at the Royal College of Music Stockholm (Sweden), at the School of Media and Performing Arts of the University of Applied Sciences of Oulu (Finland), at the Escola Superior de Musica e Artes do Espetáculo of Porto (Portugal), at the Ecole Supérieure de Musique et Danse of Lille (France) and at the International Music Academy of Dinant (Belgium).