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Christian Elin

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Born 1976 in Munich, Christian Elin whose playing, “modulates expertly in intensity” (Rheinische Post) has been hailed by the press as “sensational” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and “gorgeous” (Hannoversche Allgemeine). He ranks among the young generation of concert saxophonists. As a member of the orchestra he is a regular guest of leading European orchestras and ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian State Radio, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Baden State Orchestra Karlsruhe and the Ensemble Modern. Among the most recent highlights of his solo concert activities were the debut performance of his own composition “WAVES” for soprano saxophone and string orchestra with the Sinfonia Concertante and members of the German Chamber Philharmonic in Bremen, Michael Nymans saxophone concerto, “Where the Bee Dances” with the Frankfurt Chamber Philharmonic, as well as the debut performance of Rihard Dubras’ “Urbs Ierusalem beata” for saxophone, percussion and mixed choir. Christian Elin was highly successful in performing his own arrangements of Johann Sebastian Bachs oboe concerts. Concert tours have taken him to European festivals of great renown such as Ars Musica Brussels, Bregenzer Festspiele, MaerzMusik Berlin, Musica Viva Munich. In addition he gave guest performances in Amsterdam‘s Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Konzerthaus, Alter Oper Frankfurt, the ZKM Karlsruhe and the IRCAM in Paris. His repertoire includes not only selected arrangements of old music but also music of all styles and eras since the invention of his young instrument. He places special emphasis on the music of contemporary composers: several new solo pieces for saxophone have come about through his collaboration with composers such as Dieter Schnebel, Manfred Stahnke, Enjott Schneider, Peter Michael Hamel, and Minas Borboudakis amongst others. Christian Elins own compositions are currently available on two CDs: “streaming” (2009) with his own solo compositions which the composer Erkki-Sven Tüür described as “beautiful, atmospheric and poetic” and “Back To Yourself”, a joint recording with the Italian pianist, Anna D’Errico. Beside his occupation as a classical musician, Christian Elin works beyond borders and in multiple genres including improvisation regularly in his programme: Elements of Indian music, Jazz, Minimal Music and classical avant garde all find their place in his distinctive tonal language. His enthusiasm for intercultural encounters have led him to joint projects with the American Sarod virtuoso Ken Zuckermann, the Spanish percussionist Pedro Estevan and the Indian Tabla player Anindo Chatterjee. In 2013 he was awarded the Bavarian Artistic Sponsorship Award. In their explanatory statement the jury states: “Christian Elins improvisations on the soprano saxophone, technically challenging yet playfully executed, along with his dealing with musical influences from other cultures is quite exceptional.” Among further awards were first prize in the Federal competition, “Jugend musiziert”, sponsorship through the Federal Cultural Trust, the Music Academy Basel, the European Centre of Art in Dresden - Hellerau and the Yehudi Menuhin Trust. In the season 2004/05 he received a scholarship for the International Ensemble Modern Academy. Christian Elin teaches music as a freelance tutor in the subjects of saxophone, clarinet and piano as well as music and computer. He was lecturer for saxophone at the Leopold Mozart
Soprano: Série III
Alto: Série II
Tenor: Série III
Baryton: Série II
Clarinette basse: Privilège