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Taimur Sullivan

Taimur Sullivan


Office: School of Music Complex, Studio 196
Phone: (336) 770-3353

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Taimur Sullivan joined the UNCSA Artist-Faculty fall of 2005 as a full-time teacher of saxophone.

Saxophonist Taimur Sullivan enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, chamber musician, and member of the acclaimed PRISM Quartet. His diverse performances have taken him from the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Knitting Factory, to engagements in Moscow, London, Germany, and throughout Latin America. They have garnered him critical praise as “outstanding…his virtuosity supreme" in The New York Times and as a musician of “dazzling proficiency” in American Record Guide. Since 1994 he has been the principal saxophonist for numerous ensembles in New York City, and as a recording artist he has recorded for the Mode, New World, Albany, Capstone, and Innova record labels. Prior to coming to NCSA, he served on the performance faculty of Columbia University, where he was invited to develop the university’s first saxophone program.

As a member of the PRISM Quartet, Mr. Sullivan has performed concertos with orchestras nationwide including the Cleveland, Detroit, and Dallas symphony orchestras. In 2005 the quartet will give the world premiere of Steven Mackey’s concerto Animal, Vegetable, Mineral with the Nashville Symphony, and in 2006 they will be featured artists at Carnegie Hall. The quartet is frequently presented in recitals and master classes throughout the United States and abroad, and is currently completing a compact disc of the saxophone works by William Albright that features Mr. Sullivan’s performance of Albright’s concerto for alto saxophone and wind ensemble, Heater, recorded with the University of Michigan Wind Ensemble.

As a soloist, Mr. Sullivan is a featured artist at music festivals internationally, with solo appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival and Sonic Boom Festival, Montreal’s Festival Lanaudiere, Germany’s MusicParadise Festival and EarMarks Festival, and at King’s College in London. He was recently presented in his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the National Wind Ensemble under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds. His solo performances have been described as "not only dedicated and skilled, but also talented, fearless and sensitive" in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and (of his New York debut recital) as "commanding” in The New York Times, which added, “Mr. Sullivan delivered this ... wide-ranging program with a seductive breadth of tone and considerable technical agility."

Mr. Sullivan has dedicated much of his career to promoting new repertoire for the saxophone, and has had more than 100 solo and chamber works written for him by both established and emerging composers including William Bolcom, Libby Larsen, Greg Osby, Gunther Schuller, Tim Berne, Alvin Lucier, John Harbison, Olga Neuwirth, Keith Moore, Louis Karchin, Larry Polansky, Jason Eckardt, Eve Beglarian, and James Fulkerson. As a jazz saxophonist, Mr. Sullivan has toured extensively throughout the Soviet Union, and he has also performed with the Platters, the Drifters, Louis Bellson, Cecil Bridgewater, Bunky Green, Tim Ries, Rick Margitza, Ben Monder, and Jimmy Heath.

Mr. Sullivan studied at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University with James Forger, Joseph Lulloff and Debra Richtmeyer.

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