Don-Paul Kahl


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Leuven University
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Don-Paul Kahl

Described by distinguished American composer John Corigliano as an "artist beyond his time," concert saxophonist, Don-Paul Kahl has performed throughout the United States, France, and Australia, as well as in Belgium, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Scotland, and Thailand.  He has appeared as soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, the University of Florida Wind Symphony, and the Susquehanna University Orchestra.

An ardent supporter and advocate of contemporary and modern music, Don-Paul has been involved in the creation and performance of over 50 new works for saxophone by some of the most talented and award winning young composers of the time.  Recent commissioned composers include Gregory Wanamaker, Scott McAllister, Molly Joyce, Peter Wilson, and Simone Movio, Chris Dench, Julien Malaussena, among many others.  

Currently, Don-Paul is living and working as a freelance saxophonist based in Belgium and is also studying in a post-graduate performatory research program at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium.  Previously, he earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music degree from Susquehanna University (Summa Cum Laude).  His primary teachers and mentors are Jean-Michel Goury, Jonathan Helton, Geoffrey Deibel, and Gail B. Levinsky, with additional study with Frederick L. Hemke.