Saxophonist Paul Richard performed a contemporary classical programme for his Masters Recital on Tuesday 30 September.
In a recent interview, Richard described his programme as "hectic - lots of notes".
The works he will perform are all 21st-century compositions, except for one 20th-century work, with two by South African composers.
Born in France in 1986, Paul Richard started playing the saxophone at the age of eight and gained a place at the Conservatoire National de Region de Besançon (France) in 2002. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Musicology from the University of Franche-Comté in 2007 and was awarded a Diploma of Musical Studies in the same year for Chamber Music. After four years of studying with Cécile Dubois, a highly recognized saxophone teacher in France, he obtained his Diploma of Musical Studies for Saxophone in 2010.
With a passion for conducting, he has conducted various windbands and ensembles for the past 7 years as well as a choir in 2009. He has also composed pieces for various ensembles and a Musical Comedy in 2008 for the Music School of Arbois (France).
As an experienced ensemble performer, he plays in various formations such as windbands, big bands, and saxophone quartets.
Believing teaching is one of the best way he found to share his passion for music, Paul has been teaching saxophone and theory in numerous music schools since 2006.
In 2010, living with a South African student in France, he got an offer to teach saxophone from June at the Durban Music School and at Saint Mary’s DSG in Kloof.
Willing to improve his musical skills, Paul decided to register at Rhodes University in Grahamstown in 2012 as a BA Honours student. After completing his BA Honours in 2013, he is now a registered MMus student, and this recital fulfils part of the requirements for completion of the degree.
Written by: Staff Reporter
Source: Grocotts Mail