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GERARD Saxophonist



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,

RTE LyricFM.

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

Chicago followed.

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 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

Recording Award.

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


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)



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


Saxophone Concerto (1958) ERLAND VON KOCH

Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra (2009) ANDRÈ WAGNE

Saxophone Concerto (1934) LARS-ERIK LARSSON


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)

Gerard McChrystal Classical Saxophone Concertos  

Concerto repertoire and experience of Irish saxophonist Gerard McChrystal.