Kenneth Coon

Kenneth Coon
baritone saxophone

Kenneth Coon, baritone saxophone, has concertized and recorded regularly throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. In 1993, Coon was invited to play baritone saxophone in the world-renowned Rasher Saxophone Quartet. As a member of the quartet he has performed in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls including: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Opera Bastille (Paris), Royal Festival Hall (London), Philharmonie cologne, Finlandia Hall (Helsinki), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikverein (Vienna), Tonhalle (Zurich), Parco della Music (Rome), Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Kuala Lumpur), National Concert Hall (Taipei), and with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic at the 2002 New Year's Eve concert.

Coon's musical association with the Rascher Quartet has been a fruitful one, resulting in the premieres of over 100 works by prominent composers such as Philip Glass, Sofia Gubaidulina, Brett Dean, Charles Quorinen, Chen Yi, Mathew Rosenblum, Mauricio Kagel, and Kalevi Aho. He has also recorded and performed extensively with well-known artists such as Christian Lindberg, The Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, The London Voices, Seymon Bychkov, Dennis Russell Davies, Andrew Davis, Sakari Oramo, Andrey Boreyko, Helmuth Rilling, Paul Hillier, and Luciano Berio.

In addition to his demanding performance schedule, Coon is active as an educator and lecturer, having presenting seminars on saxophone history and pedagogy, aesthetics, contemporary music techniques, and principles of chamber music, in such places as the US and Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Finaldn, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Austria, Estonia, Denmark, Norway, the UK, Spain, and Italy. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he has lived in Europe since 1993 and currently resides in the southern German city of Freiburg. Coon is a proud RooPad and MusicMedic.com supporter.

Performances

Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory | January 22, 2011

News and Press

[Concert Review] A double dose of BMOP
For classical music nerds, the term ‘Double Concerto’ might likely bring to mind Vivaldi’s many works for pairs of violins or other instruments, or for the more romantically-inclined, Brahms’ Double Concerto for violin and cello. But there are many examples in the 20th and 21st centuries as well, for all kinds of instrument combinations. Last Friday night, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project gave a diverse sampling of the genre entitled Double Trouble, featuring four works composed between 1938 and 2010.
Miss Music Nerd Full review