College of Central Florida
Artist's BiographyDescribed by distinguished American composer John Corigliano as an \"artist beyond his time,\" Don-Paul Kahl is an active concert saxophonist. He has performed throughout the United States, as well as in France, Japan, and Scotland, both as a soloist and a chamber musician.
A member of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) since 2007, Kahl regularly performs at both national and regional conferences. In 2010, Kahl performed concerts in Japan through an exchange program sponsored by Niigata University, performing chamber music of Harbison and Ticheli. He has performed at several Navy Band International Saxophone Symposiums, performing as a soloist and chamber musician. He has also performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland in July 2012. In addition to these regional and national conference performances, Kahl has been a featured soloist with several ensembles, including concerto performances with the Susquehanna University Symphony Orchestra, the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, the University of Florida Wind Symphony performing William Bolcom\'s \"Concerto Grosso,\" and most recently with the University of Florida Percussion Ensemble performing James M. David\'s new work, \"L\'oiesau dans l\'espace.\" In addition, Kahl performed as part of The Juilliard School\'s Composers\' Recital where he performed, to much acclaim, Molly Joyce\'s new work, \"Dew of the Moon\" in Juilliard\'s, Paul Hall. He was also invited to perform Joyce\'s work at The Vanguard Miami New Music Festival in Miami, Florida this April.
In 2012, Kahl was the winner of the University of Florida Concerto Competition with the Henri Tomasi, \"Concerto.\" He was also a finalist in the La Grange Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. Kahl has garnered numerous prizes from several other competitions including first place in the University of Florida Juried Arts Competition as well as being semi-finalists in the NASA Quartet Competition with the Zenith Quartet. In 2010, he was the winner of the Susquehanna University Concerto Competition with the Jacques Ibert, \"Concertino da Camera.\" In 2009, he was the winner of the competitive Joseph L. and Vivian E. Steele Music Competition.
An ardent supporter and advocate for new music and the music of his own time, Kahl has premiered and commissioned new works for saxophone. One of his major and ongoing projects is expanding and promoting repertoire for saxophone and bassoon duo and trio with piano as a member of Aether, a magnetic ensemble he formed with Tyler Austin and Zachary Nyce several years ago. As an exponent of music of the 20th and 21st centuries, he regularly performs works by renowned composers of this generation, such as Phillippe Leroux, Libby Larsen, and Christian Lauba, amongst many others. He has also had the distinct privilege to personally work and study with Christian Lauba on his saxophone works. He has had the pleasure to work with several talented, up-and-coming younger composers such as David Biedenbender, Carolyn Oâ€™Brien, Molly Joyce, and Jamie Leigh Sampson to name just a few.
Soprano chair of the recently formed TAKT saxophone quartet, Don-Paul is an active and experienced chamber musician. Kahl has performed in concert with celebrated pianists Liz Ames, Jackie Edwards-Henry, Naomi Niskala, Matthew Quayle, and Chi-Chen Wu. He collaborates regularly with Zachary D.R. Nyce as part of the recently formed Helix Duo. He has also worked with Gail B. Levinsky (saxophone), Tyler Austin (bassoon), Taylor Barbay (saxophone), Christina Kerstan (soprano), Daphna Schmidt (trumpet), and many others.
Kahl recently received a prestigious Harriett Hale Woolley Scholarship. As contingent of being a scholar through this noted fund, Kahl will travel to Paris, France to study for the 2013-2014 academic year. There he will pursue rigorous study in modern music with Jean-Michel Goury. Currently, he is completing his Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of Florida where he studies with Dr. Jonathan Helton. There he holds a graduate teaching assistantship in saxophone. He has also had applied studies in modern music with Dr. Geoffrey Deibel. In 2011, Kahl graduated Summa Cum Laude from Susquehanna University where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance. He studied saxophone with Dr. Gail B. Levinsky. During his tenure at Susquehanna, Don-Paul was active not only within the music department with ensembles and within the studio, but as an avid contributor to his chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia as its musical director. He is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society.
Don-Paul is currently on the adjunct faculty at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida where he teaches applied study in both saxophone and clarinet. He is also contracted to teach saxophone through the studios at Great Southern Music in Gainesville, Florida. Currently, he holds the position of the saxophone chair in the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in Ocala, Florida where he performs regularly. In the summer of 2013, Kahl will join the faculty of the Susquehanna University Summer Wind Ensemble Institute in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
For more information, please visit: www.donpaulkahl.com