Harry White (saxophonist)

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Harry Kinross White (born 1967) is an American-born classical saxophonist living in Switzerland.

Biography[edit]

White grew up in Mississippi and received his first music instruction there from Warren and Marti Lutz. He studied with saxophone professor Lawrence Gwozdz at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and with the pioneer of classical saxophone, Sigurd Raschèr. He graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1985 with a Bachelor's Degree in Saxophone Performance.

He was a member of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet[1] from 1990 until 2001. As a member of this ensemble he performed in many of the important halls of Europe and the United States, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Philharmonic Hall in Berlin, the Royal Festival Hall in London, and Opéra Bastille in Paris.

Since leaving the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet in 2001, he has been active as a saxophone soloist and free-lance musician. Critics praised White for the unique, gentle tone quality he produces on his historical saxophone and for his dynamic interpretations of old and new works. He is fascinated with the lyrical possibilities of the saxophone and recently recorded songs of Edvard Grieg, as arranged for saxophone and piano, with the composer, pianist and Lied expert Edward Rushton.

He concertizes regularly with the organist Jakoba Marten-Büsing and with the pianists Hans Adolfsen, Edward Rushton and Todd Sisley. He also performs with the Swiss singer La Lupa.[2]

As a soloist he has appeared with many orchestras, including Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Bochumer Symphoniker, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, and the Philharmonic Orchestras in Freiburg and Heidelberg. He performs regularly in the Orchestra of the National Theater Mannheim. Together with the Raschèr Quartet he performed with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic at the New Year's Eve concert 2002.

Her is member of the „Harry White Trio“ and the „Raschèr Saxophone Orchestra“ which is based in southern Germany.[3][4] Harry White is also director of the „Swiss Saxophone Orchestra“.[5]

Recordings[edit]

  • spectrum saxofonis (with Todd Sisley, piano/harpsichord), Musicaphon M56836
  • spectrum saxofonis vol. 2 (with Jakoba Marten-Büsing, organ, Musicaphon M-56843
  • Summer Night (with Edward Rushton, piano), Musicaphon M-56851
  • Goethe "Das Leben, es ist gut", Deutsche Grammophon CD-472-807-2
  • Die Felshöhle des jungen Hermann Hesse, Deutsche Grammophon CD-471-899-2
  • Amor (with La Lupa, Voice, and Fabian Müller, Violoncello), Musikszene Schweiz MGB-CD-6188

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rsq-sax.com/
  2. ^ http://www.la-lupa.ch
  3. ^ Harry White (foreground) with the „Raschèr Saxophone Orchestra“
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20141217084301/http://harrywhitetrio.net/
  5. ^ http://www.swiss-sax-orchestra.com