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WALLACE HALLADAY

Canadian saxophonist Wallace Halladay captures the qualities of the modern virtuoso, being at home in numerous styles, from the traditional to jazz and beyond. A specialist in the performance of contemporary music, he has commissioned and given premières of numerous works for saxophone. In addition to performances of concertos by Ibert, Schmitt, Husa, Scelsi and Donatoni, he has worked with composers Michael Colgrass, Mauricio Kagel and Scott Good on the Canadian premières of their concertos, the latter commissioned by the Esprit Orchestra.

He inaugurated the Intersections Series with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in an entire concert of music for saxophone and orchestra entitled The Story of the Saxophone. He makes his début with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2009. He has been presented by and performed with new music groups across Canada and the United States, including New Music Concerts, Continuum, Sound Symposium, CCMW, 5-Penny New Music, Kumquat, Earshot!, Contact, soundaXis, Toca Loca, and Bang on a Can in New York. He was the Artistic Director of the Scelsi Centenary, Franco Donatoni, and Gubaidulina Chamber Projects. His orchestral experience includes performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet Orchestra of Canada, and as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Centre.

Wallace Halladay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Performance and Composition from the University of Toronto, a Master’s from New England Conservatory in Boston, and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. He also studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with internationally acclaimed virtuoso Arno Bornkamp and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. He has previously taught saxophone, chamber music and theory at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Eastman School of Music, and presently teaches at the University of Toronto. He is a Conn-Selmer Artist and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones.


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