GERARD GERARD MCCHRYSTAL COMES FROM
Venues include San Francisco Opera House,
2011. In November 2011, Aria was CD of the
DERRY, N.IRELAND. To date he has
Baku Opera House, The National Concert
Week on Ireland’s national classical station
performed in over 35 countries including
Hall, Dublin, Beethovenhalle, Stuttgart,
USA, Azerbaijan, Korea, China, Indonesia,
Philharmonie Szchecin, Poland, Jakarta
Poland, Ireland, Slovenia and the UK.
Concert Hall, Indonesia, St. David’s Hall,
Gerard McChrystal took up the saxophone as
Cardiff, The Royal Albert Hall, London and
a second study for his RNCM audition in
the BBC Proms in The Park.
1982. By 1987 he had made his concerto
Gerard has given over 100 concerto performances and recorded with The BBC
debut with the RTE Concert Orchestra
National Orchestra of Wales, London Musici
Composers who have written concertos for
playing the Dubois concerto live on TV. His
and The Ulster Orchestra with conductors
Gerard include Dave Heath, Ian Wilson and
UK debut was with the Philharmonia in 1989
including Yan Pascal Tortelier.
John Metcalf. He has also premiered
premiering Out of the Cool by Dave Heath.
concertos by Michael Kamen and Sir Malcolm Record labels include Chandos, Signum
Arnold. In 2000 Gerard spent a week working
He studied at the RNCM,Manchester and was
Records and Silva Screen.
with Sir Harrison Birthwhistle culminating in
the first student to graduate with three
a performance of his concerto Panic in the
awards including a distinction in his
Great Hall, Dartington, UK.
PPRNCM. Further studies at The Guildhall
Orchestras he has performed with include The Philharmonia, San Francisco Ballet
School, London and Northwestern University,
Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony
His latest album Aria was named as one of
Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales,
the best classical CDs of 2011 by Classic FM.
BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony
It was also one of David Mellor’s Connoisseurs
Competition success includes The Royal
of Ireland and Stuttgart Statsorchestre.
Choice on Classic FM, Saturday 15th October
Overseas League, RTE Musician of the
A performer of such striking personality, that he could become the James Galway of the saxophone ... a natural musical imagination ... McChrystal could not have been more persuasive THE GUARDIAN Future, The Lombard and Ulster Music
people at the launch of Derry-Londonderry
Foundation, Countess of Munster, The Sir
UK City of Culture 2013 (view online at
James Caird Award, NFMS Award, BBC
youtu.be/12TtRzg4mMc). He will also appear
Opportunity Knocks! and The Park Lane Group.
in a new promotional film for the city. In March
His Wigmore Hall debut came as a result of
he was invited to meet the Prime Minister
winning the intercolleagiate Ivan Sutton
David Cameroon and the Taoiseach Enda
Kenny at the House of Commons.
He has worked with Philip Glass, The Smith
Also in March, he played a sell-out concert in
Quartet, guitarist Craig Ogden, percussionists
the National Concert Hall Dublin with The
Ensemble Bash, The Soweto String Quartet,
National Symphony of Ireland. In October
The Karol Szymanowski String Quartet, tenorist
performs the Glazunov concerto in the Ulster
Tommy Smith and vocal groups Anuna and
Hall, Belfast with The Ulster Orchestra.
Codetta. His new programme Stand Up has won two awards from the Arts Council of
Further events in 2013 include a concert in
France with guitarist Craig Ogden.
In 2013 Gerard performed for BBC1 with
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orchestra, rhythm section and choir to 2,500
and events throughout 2013 and beyond.
ented the UK In October 1999 Gerard repres tival playing two at the Visions of Britain fes ks with the concertos and several other wor broadcast Opera Orchestra. The event was on television.
Banner in Szchecin, Poland for Gerard's concerto performance in the Philharmonie during March 2008 where he performed concertos by Glazunov and Dave Heath.
Picture with Harrison Birtwhistle where Gerard performed his
saxophone concerto Panic in the Great Hall, Dartington 2000.
With the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the land performing With composer Philip Glass in Ire people. to a sell-out audience of 800
House of Commons.
Gerard began 2013 with a gala concert at the new Venue in Derry-Londonderry to Culture 2013 for BB open UK City of C Television. He perf ormed with orchestra , cho ir, piano and rhythm se live audience of 2500 ction to a . Over 11,000 applied for tickets! See yout u.be/12TtRzg4mMc
REPERTOIRE LIST SAXOPHONE AND ORCHESTRA Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Strings (1994) SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD **
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 41 (1980)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone (1988) SIR RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT
Saxophone Concerto (1956) RONLAD BINGE
Saxophone Concerto For Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra (1984)
Panic (1995) SIR HARRISON BIRTWHISTLE
The Green Ray for Soprano Saxophone (1991) GAVIN BRYARS
Where the Bee Dances (1991) MICHAEL NYMAN
Saxo Rhapsody (1936) ERIC COATES
Concerto for Alto Saxophone, Cello and 8 Percussionists (2009) LEROY OSMON
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (or Band), Op. 26 (1944)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone (1999) RICHARD PAYNE
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (1983) GUNTHER SCHULLER
Rapsodie pour Orchestre et Saxophone (1901) CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (... auf den ersten Blick und ohne zu
Concerto pour Saxophone Alto (1959) PIERRE MAX DUBOIS
wissen...) (1980) ESA-PEKKA SALONEN
Concerto in E major for Alto Saxophone (1936) ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV
Légende, Op.66 (1918) FLORENT SCHMITT
The Celtic (1995) D.C. HEATH *
In the First, Spinning Place (1999) HILARY TANN
Élégie et Rondeau for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (1961) KAREL HUSA
Saxophone Concerto (1944) PHYLLIS TATE
Concerto for Alto Saxophone (1967) KAREL HUSA
Ballade for Alto Saxophone (1939) HENRI TOMASI
Concertino da camera (1935) JACQUES IBERT
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone (1993) MICHAEL TORKE
Choral varié, Op.55 (1903) VINCENT D’INDY
Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone, Three Horns and Strings (1948)
Concerto for Saxophone (1990) MICHAEL KAMEN
HEITOR VILLA LOBOS
Saxophone Concerto (1958) ERLAND VON KOCH
Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra (2009) ANDRÈ WAGNE
Saxophone Concerto (1934) LARS-ERIK LARSSON
In Escapades JOHN WILLIAMS
Concerto for saxophone and orchestra (1963) WILLIAM LOVELOCK
Who’s afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue (1999) IAN WILSON *
Saxophone Concerto No. 2 (1973) WILLIAM LOVELOCK
Claremont Concerto (1962) JOHN WORLEY
Ballade for Saxophone and Orchestra (1938) FRANK MARTIN
Cyber Bird Concerto for Alto Saxophone, Op. 59 (1994) TAKASHI YOSHIMATSU
Tableaux de Provence (1948-1955) PAULE MAURICE Three Mobiles (2006) JOHN METCALF *
* written for Gerard McChrystal
Scaramouche for Alto Saxophone (1937) DARIUS MILHAUD
** premiered by Gerard McChrystal
“ A real unexpected joy... wonderfully well played with extraordinary tone... I love the way Gerard McChrystal sounds... I absolutely love it... well done Gerard McChrystal.” David Mellor, Classic FM
“Gerard McChrystal’s superb playing on the soprano saxophone was the highlight of the evening.....the whole performance seemed inspired by the verve of McChrystal’s playing.”
“McChrystal has an enviably full and warm soprano saxophone tone, and his intonation is as secure as his gift for melodic phrasing is unfailing.” Gramophone
The Irish Times
“The kind of tortured honks, squawks and parps that often comprise 20th century brass and woodwind writing are delightfully absent from Gerard McChrystal’s latest album.” Q Magazine
“Superb saxophone solos by Gerard McChrystal.” New York Times (San Francisco Opera House, Nyman saxophone concerto)
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