The Eugene Rousseau Celebration includes several events on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, concluding with the Gala Concert on Saturday night. The “Gala Concert” will feature performances by Michael Jacobson, Julia Nolan, Stephen Page, Steven Stusek, Kenneth Tse, Javier Valerio, and George Wolfe. CLICK HERE for Gala Concert details.
Attend the “Gala Concert” event, and stop by The Sax Shop’s booth to check out some great saxophones and accessories, including instruments from “The Rousseau Collection” – our selection of saxophones owned by Dr. Rousseau – for sale at The Sax Shop!
Dr. Eugene Rousseau has performed across North America and on five continents since his Carnegie Hall debut. The legendary saxophonist Marcel Mule described Rousseau as “a brilliant saxophonist and distinguished artist,” and critics the world over have echoed Mule’s praise.
Rousseau’s artistry has inspired many “firsts.” He gave the first solo saxophone recitals in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, London and Amsterdam. He has given a yearly master course at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg since 1991, the first year the saxophone was included, and has premiered numerous works written for him.
Rousseau has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, the Pan-American Festival Orchestra under Lukas Foss, the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard and Phillipe Entremont, the BBC Orchestra in London, the Janácek Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Kansai Philharmonic (Osaka), the Santiago Philharmonic (Chile), and at recitals and master classes throughout the world on a variety of topics related to saxophone. His solo performances include appearances with the U.S. Army Band at Kennedy Center, the Budapest Strings in Hungary,
and the Tokyo Bach Band, as well as the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Festival in Japan.
The Chicago-born Rousseau’s service to the saxophone community is of long standing. Rousseau co-founded the World Saxophone Congress in 1969, and since 1972, he has been the Yamaha Corporation’s chief consultant for saxophone research, contributing to the development of acoustic improvements in saxophones and mouthpieces. Dr. Rousseau joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Music in fall 2000.