About Saxton Rose
Saxton Rose's virtuosic interpretations of traditional repertoire, and his dedication to new music have afforded him a prolific and varied career as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. Performances this season include works from Bach to Berio, Mozart to Frank Zappa, and numerous world premieres from composers such as Michael Gordon, Felipe Perez Santiago, John Fitz Rogers, and Lawrence Dillon. He is Artist/Professor of Bassoon at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, principal bassoonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and a member of Zéphyros Winds, an acclaimed New York-based wind quintet.
Mr. Rose performs and teaches throughout the world. Recent performances include engagements as concerto soloist with the National Symphony of Colombia in Bogotá, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Caldas, the National Symphony of Panamá, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, and the Winston-Salem Symphony. This season he performed recitals in Costa Rica, Mexico, China, in Belgium at the Concertgebouw in Brugges, in The Netherlands at the Korzo Theater in The Hague and at the Ostadetheater in Amsterdam, and in Berlin at the Philharmonie with Alarm Will Sound, one of the world's premier contemporary music ensembles. In April of 2013 he stepped in with only a few hours notice to perform Rite of Spring as principal bassoonist with Orchestra of St. Lukes.
A committed teacher, he has been invited to give master classes throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, and in the US at the finest music schools and conservatories. He has performed as an invited guest at the conferences of the International Double Reed Society, an organization for which he serves as Associate Editor of IDRS Online Publications and chair of the IDRS Young Artist Bassoon Competition.
As principal bassoonist of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2008 he performed with many of the leading artists of our time including Yo Yo Ma, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Placido Domingo, Ben Hepner, Joshua Bell, Anna Netrebko, Sarah Chang, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Pepe Romero and the Emerson String Quartet among others. With the PRSO he performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, in the Casals Festival and on tours to Europe and throughout Latin America.
Throughout his career, Mr. Rose has worked to expand the repertoire of the bassoon, and to redefine its role in contemporary music by collaborating with established and emerging composers to commission new works. In 2010, Mr. Rose helped found Dark in the Song, a bassoon collective comprised of the most widely known bassoonists in the contemporary music scene. Called a "bassoon supergroup" by the American Music Center, Dark in the Song performs and commissions new works, collaborating directly with composers to create a new 21st century repertoire for bassoon ensembles. As a member of Camerata Caribe, a Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music faculty chamber ensemble, he worked with Puerto Rican composers such as William Ortiz, José Rodríguez Alvira, Alberto Rodríguez, and Latin Grammy Nominee Alfonso Fuentes on the creation of new solo and chamber music for the bassoon. He has premiered numerous works and is well known for these impassioned performances. Mr. Rose appears on two recordings released this year including the works of composer Alfonso Fuentes and a new concert length piece by Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon.
Mr. Rose began studying the bassoon in his hometown near Chicago, Illinois. His training includes courses in Germany, Austria and Italy with some of Europe's most distinguished bassoonists including Gustavo Nuñez and Sergio Azzolini. He graduated with highest honors from the class of Stefano Canuti at the Conservatorio "Agostino Steffani" in Castelfranco-Veneto, Italy and is a former student of William Winstead at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Additionally his teachers include Yoshi Ishikawa and Timothy McGovern.
Saxton Rose is a J. Püchner artist and performs on the Model Superior/6000 bassoon.
While not playing the bassoon, Saxton enjoys cooking, playing tennis, and rooting for the Chicago Cubs. He currently lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife soprano Elizabeth Pacheco Rose, and their two children.
Saxton Rose is a J. Püchner artist and performs on the Model Superior/6000.
Latest Notebook Entries
On April 12 and 13 I performed Rite of Spring as principal bassoon with Orchestra of St. Luke’s as part of Carolina Performing Arts “Rite at 100″ celebration. These we’re unique and thrilling performances as I was called in last minute when the principal bassoonist had a family emergency and had to leave a few [...]
On April 8 I performed with Zéphyros Winds at St. Francis College as part of their Concerts at Half Past Twelve series. The program was selection of works that spans almost a hundred years of compositions and features pieces written by August Klughardt, Elliott Carter and Endre Szervánszky.
On March 22 I performed Dana Wilson’s Avatar Concerto (2005) for Bassoon and Chamber Winds with the UNCSA wind ensemble, Michael Dodds conducting.
Last weekend I had the immense honor of performing my first concerts with Zéphyros Winds, a wind quintet based in New York City I joined last December. I can’t adequately describe what a joy it is to play with this group of virtuosi. They are an enormous source of inspiration and I can’t wait to [...]