h2 quartet, Wichita State University
Artist's BiographyA Washington, D.C. native, Geoffrey Deibel is emerging as an important voice for the saxophone and contemporary music. He maintains a multi-faceted career as performer, teacher, and researcher.Â Geoff\'s performances as soloist and chamber musician have taken him around the United States and across the globe.Â He has appeared at the Internationale Ferienkurse Fur Neue Musik, Darmstadt, the International Iannis Xenakis Festival in Athens, Greece, the XV World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand, and has held residencies at Die Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart, and University College Cork, Ireland. Â Most recently, he has been a regular guest at the Drake University New Music Series and Chamber Music Midwest.
Geoff has commissioned new works by many of todays top young composers, including Nathan Davis, Joseph Michaels, Jesse Ronneau, Claudio Gabriele, Drew Baker, and David Rakowski.Â He has also premiered the works of important composers such asÂ Hans Thomalla, Jason Eckardt, Marc Mellits, Jagoda Szmytka, Amy Williams,Â Elliott Sharp, Hiroyki Itoh, andÂ Mari Takano, and has worked with Bernard Rands, Howard Sandroff, and Christopher Adler, among many others.Â Geoff has been frequently featured on the New Music Chicago and Soundfield series in Chicago.Â
Geoff is a member of the critically acclaimed h2 quartet, a first prize winner at the Fischoff Competition and recent recipient of an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant.Â The group has been hailed by American Record Guide as \"an ensemble to watch for years to come.\"Â h2 has three recordings available (Generations,Â Times & Spaces, and Groove Machine), and has recently formed a non-profit organization to promote the creation of new works for the saxophone quartet. Â Geoff is also a seasoned orchestral performer, appearing with the New World Symphony (Miami) andÂ Grant Park Symphony (among others), and has worked with conductors such as Roberto Abbado and HK Gruber.
Geoff holds degrees in history and music from Northwestern University, and a doctoral degree from Michigan State University. His doctoral thesis focuses on the structural/post-structural dialectic in the narrative codes used by Roland Barthes and their potential use in contemporary music analysis. His principal teachers have included Joseph Lulloff, Frederick Hemke, Leo Saguiguit, and Reginald Jackson. Geoff has held teaching positions at Grand Valley State University, Alma College, and the University of Florida.Â He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Wichita State University. Geoff is a Selmer and Rico Reeds performing artist, and performs on Selmer Paris Saxophones and Rico Reeds exclusively.