Described by distinguished American composer John Corigliano as an "artist beyond his time," concert saxophonist, Don-Paul Kahl has performed throughout the United States, France, and Australia, as well as in Japan, Scotland, Italy, Thailand, and Malaysia. He has appeared as soloist the 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 50 new works for saxophone by some of the most talented and award winning young composers of the time. Recent commissioned composers include Gregory Wanamaker, Scott McAllister, Molly Joyce, Peter Wilson, and Jamie Leigh Sampson, among many others.
An avid and in-demand chamber musician, Don-Paul is active with the internationally award winning modular quartet, Quanta Quartet, and his duo with clarinetist, Jackie Glazier, Duo Entre-Nous. Quanta Quartet recently completed a tour of Australia premiering four new original works for saxophone quartet, among many other regional premieres. Likewise, Duo Entre-Nous is in the process of planning a European tour and recording projects for the 2015-2016 season.
Don-Paul was a prizewinner at the prestigious 4th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand. 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 the 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 studying in a post-graduate program at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt under the tutelage of Jean-Michel Goury. 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, Jonathan Helton, Geoffrey Deibel, and Gail B. Levinsky, with additional study with Frederick L. Hemke.
Don-Paul Kahl is a Conn-Selmer performing artist, and performs on Selmer Paris saxophones exclusively.