Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Classical saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen’s performances as soloist and chamber musician are considered “impressive” with “exceptional facility”, and “fun to watch”. From a musical family in Philadelphia, his early training was as a concert violinist, Irish fiddler, and classical singer. He picked up the saxophone at age 12, continuing his classical training while studying the foundations of jazz.

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Programs

Jazz/Crossover

A Saxophone Fantasy

Pablo de Sarasate (arr. Larân) - Carmen Fantasy 

Libby Larsen - Holy Roller (1998)

Takashi Yoshimatsu - Fuzzy Bird Sonata (2005)

- Intermission -

George Gershwin/Martino - A Gershwin Fantasy (1924/2010)

Paquito D’Rivera - Invitación al Danzón (2008)

Chick Corea - from Florida to Tokyo (2016)

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango (1974) 

Encore: Jimmy Dorsey - Oodles of Noodles (1933)

Classical Saxophone
Program

Jacques Ibert – Concertino da camera

        Allegro con Moto      Larghetto – Animato molto

Ring/Hager – Danse Hongroise

Francis Poulenc – Sonata For oboe and piano

        Elégie        Scherzo       Déploration

Paquito D’Rivera – Invitación al Danzón

Intermission

Baljinder Singh Sekhon II – Gradient

John Harbison – San Antonio Sonata

      I.  The Summons  II.  Line Dance  III. Couples’ Dance 

Jackson Berkey – Homage to Emily Dickinson

Ástor Piazzolla – Three Tangos

Contemporary

Saxophone Journey

Pablo de Sarasate (arr. Larân) - Carmen Fantasy

Francis Poulenc - Sonata for oboe and piano

Joan Tower - Second Flight for solo alto saxophone

- Intermission - 

Fuminori Tanada - Mysterious Morning III for solo saxophone

Felipe Salles - La Pedrera

Baljinder Sekhon - Gradient for alto saxophone and piano

Concerti

Berio, Luciano          Chemins IV for Soprano Saxophone and Eleven Strings

Biedenbender, David      Dreams in the Dusk for alto saxophone and band or chamber orchestra WP recording chamber orchestra

Boutry, Roger           Divertimento for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra

Chatman, Stephen      It will not change for alto saxophone and choir

Colgrass, Michael        Urban Requiem for Saxophone Quartet and Band

Creston, Paul            Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra or band

Dahl, Ingolf                Concerto for alto saxophone and band

Debussy, Claude       Rhapsodie for alto saxophone and orchestra

Decruck, Fernande      Sonata in C# for alto saxophone and orchestra

Finney, Ross Lee       Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble

Fuchs, Kevin               Rush for alto saxophone and orchestra (Grammy-winning work, 2019)

Garrop, Stacy             Quicksilver for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble WP recording

Glazunov, Alexander    Concerto in Eb for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

Hartley, Walter           Double Concerto for alto saxophone and tuba

Ibert, Jacques              Concertino Da Camera for alto saxophone and eleven instruments or orchestra

Larsson, Lars-Erik      Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra

Lennon, John Anthony    Symphonic Rhapsody for alto saxophone and orchestra or band

Martin, Frank              Ballade for alto saxophone and orchestra

                                      Ballade for tenor saxophone and orchestra

Milhaud, Darius          Scaramouche for alto saxophone and strings

Monti, Vittorio           Czardas

Peck, Russell               The Upward Stream for tenor saxophone and orchestra

Puccini, Giacomo      O Mio Babbino Caro - from Gianni Schicchi

                                      Un Bel Di Vedremo – from Madame Butterfly

Salles, Felipe               Sagrada Familia Double Concerto for alto and soprano saxophones and orchestra WP

Schmitt, Florent         Légende for alto saxophone and orchestra

Shin, Peter                   Power and Light for sax quartet and orchestra

Ter Veldhuis, Jacob     Tallahatchie Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra or band

Tomasi, Henri              Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra

Villa-Lobos, Heitor     Fantasie for soprano saxophone and orchestra

Williams, John              Escapades for alto saxophone and orchestra or band

Zuckerman, William    Ajax - For Tenor Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra WP

Bio

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Saxophone

Classical saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen’s performances as soloist and chamber musician have been considered “impressive” with “exceptional facility”, and “fun to watch.” From a musical family in Philadelphia, his early training was as a concert violinist, Irish fiddler, and classical singer. He picked up the saxophone at age 12, continuing his classical training while studying the foundations of jazz. Early performances included a debut at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts at age 17 performing Alexandre Glazounov’s Concerto in Eb. At 21 he performed Luciano Berio’s Chemins IV and Roger Boutry’s Divertimento with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony.

 

Jonathan’s concerto engagements include standard repertoire and world premieres. In addition to the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, he has performed with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra (MI) and Sequoia Symphony Orchestra (CA), as well as the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, and Concert Choir. Among those concerti have been RUSH, the 2018 Grammy-winning work by Kenneth Fuchs, John Williams’ classical-jazz crossover concerto, Escapades, and others by Biedenbender, Lennon, Colgrass, Hartley, and Chatman. In 2017 he premiered Guggenheim-winning composer Felipe Salles’ double concerto, Sagrada Familia, with Dutch saxophone virtuoso, Arno Bornkamp. His world premiere recording of Stacy Garrop’s Quicksilver with the UMass Amherst Wind Ensemble will be released in 2020.

 

As a soloist, Jonathan placed in the 2018 Classics Alive Competition, was twice a finalist in the Astral Artists Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition. In recitals, he performs traditional and contemporary repertoire. In 2017, he toured Echoes of American Jazz, a program featuring classical works by jazz composers David Liebman, David Amram, Stephen Rush, and Jackson Berkey, which he presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He built upon this repertoire through six commissions that connect classical aesthetics with jazz and folk in his 2018 tour. Notable among this repertoire are seven-time Downbeat Magazine International Critics’ Poll Alto Saxophonist of the Year, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s jazz-influenced duet, I Choose You, and Annika Socolofsky’s Norwegian folk-influenced Rise for alto saxophone and bowed piano. These will be released on innova recordings in summer 2020.

 

Jonathan also enjoys a vibrant chamber music profile. He has performed at Chamber Music Northwest and at Carnegie Hall in the 21st Century Ensemble. He is co-founder of The Moanin’ Frogs, an internationally recognized saxophone sextet performing entertaining arrangements of masterpieces and new commissions from a wide range of styles. They earned notoriety as winners of the Senior Winds Division at the 2018 M-Prize Competition. The Admiral Launch Duo, co-founded by Jonathan and harpist Jennifer Ellis, have commissioned and premiered 10 new works for harp and saxophone nationwide, and released their debut album, Launch, on Albany Records in 2018. 

 

Jonathan trained at the University of Michigan under Donald Sinta. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, co-director of the New England Saxophone Festival & Competition, and is a member of the NASA Committee on the Status of Women. He is a Conn-Selmer and D’Addario Woodwinds Artist, performing exclusively on their equipment and aiding in research and design.

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