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Dr. Adam Pelandini

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Lecturer of Saxophone

Saxophonist Dr. Adam Pelandini is an active performer, clinician and music educator based in the Pacific Northwest. Formerly an active performer in Boston, MA, his recent engagements include performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra where he worked with conductors Andris Nelsons, Robert Spano and Stéphane Denève in Boston’s historic Symphony Hall and the Tanglewood Music Center’s Koussevitsky Music Shed. While performing with the BSO, his playing was described as “sensitive,” with “tonal richness” and “pinpoint tuning” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Other recent performances include the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MA), the Monadnock Festival (NH), the Portland Symphony Orchestra (ME) and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (MA) working with a multitude of conductors including Gil Rose, Gunther Schuller, David Loebel and Benjamin Zander. During the Summers of 2011 and 2012, he was invited to perform with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Lenox, MA where he worked with conductors Stephan Asbury and Miguel Harth-Bedoya performing staples of the orchestral saxophone repertoire and chamber music. He has also recently performed with the Alea III New Music Ensemble, Acoustic Uproar, The Stone in New York City and ChagallPAC with saxophonists Jean-Michel Goury, Pierre-Stephan Mouget and Serge Bertocchi.

As a soloist, Adam has performed in numerous recitals and masterclasses across the United States. He was a featured performer at the North American Saxophone Alliance regional conferences in Salem, MA (2012) and the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY (2010). In November, 2012 he was invited to give a recital and masterclass at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. A proponent of new music, Adam has collaborated with renowned composers including Gunther Schuller, Michael Gandolfi, Lei Liang, Matti Kovler, James Yannatos, Matthew Kaner and many others. He has also participated in several World Premier performances including most recently: Ketty Nez’s Thresholds for Piano and Wind Ensemble as principal alto saxophone with the Boston University Wind Ensemble.

As a teacher, Adam is a newly-appointed adjunct professor of applied saxophone at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. As a graduate student, he worked as a teaching assistant at Boston University during the 2012-2013 school year, and previously taught at Central Washington University as an undergraduate student. Adam holds degrees from the Boston University College of Fine Arts (DMA), the New England Conservatory of Music (MM) where he graduated with academic honors and was a recipient of the George Frederick Jewett Memorial Scholarship, and Central Washington University (BM). His principle teachers include Kenneth Radnofsky and Joseph Brooks, and has worked with legendary saxophonists Otis Murphy, Eugene Rousseau, Theodore Kerkezos and Claude Delangle of Paris, France in a variety of masterclasses and clinics.

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