Philipp A. Stäudlin, saxophone
Philipp A. Stäudlin is an award-winning virtuoso saxophonist recognized internationally for his tonal qualities, sense of phrasing, and technical skills. He has appeared as soloist with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Ensemble Sound Icon, Ensemble White Rabbit, Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, and numerous other orchestras and ensembles.
Mr. Stäudlin received a Soloist Diploma from Musikhochschule Basel, where he studied with Marcus Weiss and Iwan Roth. He won a full scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service to study with Kenneth Radnofsky at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he received an Artist Diploma and the Victor Rosenbaum Medal for most outstanding student.
As the youngest competitor, Stäudlin won First Prize and Audience Price in the Gustav Bumcke International Saxophone Competition. As a former member of the New Art Saxophone Quartet, he received First Prize in Chamber Music Competition of the German Music Foundation and the Artist in Residence newcomer's award with German Radio, in which Jessye Norman received the main award.
Mr. Stäudlin currently has fifteen CD recordings available on major labels and has premiered more than 100 works. He is a member of Ensemble Sound Icon, Callithumpian Consort. He teaches at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and is on the applied music faculty at Tufts University and MIT.
Yoko Hagino, piano
Yoko Hagino is an accomplished soloist and chamber pianist who has won the Steinway Society Piano Competition, the First International Chamber Music Competition, the All-Japan Selective Competition of the International Mozart Competition, The Chamber Music Competition of Japan, and more.
She received her Bachelor's and her Master's degrees with honors from Tokyo National University, where she won its concerto competition. She earned an Artist Diploma from the Longy School of Music, where she studied with Victor Rosenbaum and won the school’s concerto competition. Ms. Hagino completed a Performance Diploma at Boston Conservatory, where she was a student of Michael Lewin and recipient of the Churchill Scholarship.