Crystal Records — CD358, Pas de Trois
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native of Hong Kong, has performed in many parts of Asia, Europe,
Mainly self-taught as a youth, he met Eugene Rousseau in 1989 and began his studies at Indiana University with Rousseau, becoming the youngest winner of the IU Saxophone Concerto Competition and the first saxophonist ever to receive the prestigious artist diploma from the IU School of Music. Rousseau called him, "a brilliant saxophonist...worthy of any stage in the world." As a student at IU, Tse began his recording and concertizing career. A winner of the New York Artists International Competition, Tse made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1996 and was hailed as "a young virtuoso" by the New York Times. An advocate for new music, Tse has had many works dedicated to him by notable composers. Tse has three solo CDs on Crystal Records.
Tse is currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at the
Associate Professor of Bassoon, has been at the
An enthusiastic proponent of new music, Coelho has commissioned, performed and recorded many works by European, American and Latin American composers. His two solo CDs are on
Before his position at the
Huckleberry, Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Collaborative Arts at
Huckleberry's interests in piano pedagogy include historical performance practices, key characteristics, as well as the integration of contemporary music in today's teaching. He gives clinics on pedagogical topics locally, nationally, and internationally. Actively involved in the Music Teachers National Association and the Iowa Music Teachers Association, he is currently the faculty advisor to the collegiate chapter of MTNA, state board and executive committee member, as well as chair of the commissioning committee.
Before his appointment at the
CD358: Pas de Trois. Kenneth Tse, Saxophone; Benjamin Coelho, Bassoon; Alan Huckleberry, Piano. Bernard Van Beurden, Pas de trois; Jindrich Feld, Trio Giocoso; David Froom, Arirang Variations; Perry Goldstein, Noir; Don Freund, Louder than Words. UPC 00941473582-9. ORDER NOW
Saxophone, Bassoon, and Piano is an unusual combination that creates an exciting and vibrant sound. The works on this CD represent some of the finest writing for this combination, and the performers are three of the best practitioners of their art.
Kenneth Tse "plays with
seductive tonal beauty" (American Record Guide) and is "a
brilliant saxophonist...worthy of any stage in the world." (Eugene Rousseau). Benjamin
"playing is unfailingly sonorous, expressive and alert." (Gramophone) Alan Huckleberry has "technical
mastery and interpretive panache." (Fanfare)
The three musicians are on the faculty
"Both Kenneth Tse and Benjamin Coelho play with warm, full tone and with enviable agility. Alan Huckleberry ably accompanies them, and then some, because this music rarely relegates him to the back seat. His alert playing is a fine foil for his partners and for the music too." International Record Review, October 2006
"The Pas de Trois CD is living proof of just how exciting the saxophone can be in a chamber ensemble. ... To sum up this trio's performance would be to say they are simply superb. This trio of three virtuoso musicians has created a completely exhilarating musical experience on this CD. This is a CD that you don't want to miss. Bravo!" Saxophone Journal, Nov/Dec 2006
"These performances are as good as they can be. The three of them play with impeccable musicianship, exhilarating technique, and panache; and they deliver nothing short of the best. Not only is it a delight to hear them play, but this music is a pleasure to hear." American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2006
"While the instrumentation of this trio may seem unusual, the timbres blend beautifully and create interesting counterpoint throughout this wonderful recording." The Instrumentalist Magazine, August 2006
Sound samples (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear up to one
minute of the movement shown.
Van Beurden: Pas de trois: Ouverture Pastorale Tarantella Feld: Trio Giocoso: Allegro Andante Allegro vivo Froom: Arirang Variations Goldstein: Noir Freund: Louder than Words: Part I Part II
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