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, including the Partita by Juan Orrego-Salas (with the Haydn Trio of Vienna), Jindrich
Feld's Sonata for alto saxophone and piano, and Concerto for saxophones and orchestra, Bernhard
Heiden's Fantasia Concertante for alto saxophone and winds, Hear Again in Memory, by Frederick Fox,
and Don Freund's Skyscrapings for alto saxophone and piano.
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), the recitals and master classes throughout the world on
a variety of topics related to his instrument. 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. 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. In 1985, he recorded a video
program for Yamaha, Steps to Excellence. Rousseau co-founded the World Saxophone Congress in 1969
and has been President of both the North American Saxophone Alliance (1979-80) and the Comité
International du Saxophone (1982-85). In May 1998, he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by the
University of Iowa, at which institution he earned the Ph.D. degree, his principal teacher being
Himie Voxman. In 1993, Eugene Rousseau was designated an honorary faculty member of the Prague Conservatory.
He holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University, having
served on the IU faculty from 1964 to 2000, and Music Faculty Emeritus at the University of
Minnesota School of Music, where he taught from 2000-2015.
Additional information can be obtained at www.eugene-rousseau.com