Destin Rocky Bayou Christian School enjoys saxophonist in concert

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K5 students (from left) Landon Whalen, Brooklyn Berry, Erik Reno, Ellie Suthard, Benjamin Manning, Valentina Watson, Sarah Wilson, Jude McKee, Jayla Martin, Emily Mitchell enjoyed a concert with pianist Yoko Hagino and saxophonist Philipp Stäudlin. Also pictured is Principal Joe Quilit.

Students and teachers from Rocky Bayou Christian School in Destin enjoyed a concert presented by concert saxophonist Philipp Stäudlin and pianist Yoko Hagino on April 6.

Stäudlin is an award-winning virtuoso saxophonist who has performed hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe and Japan. A native of Friedrichshafen, Germany, he has appeared as a soloist with many European Ensembles. Stäudlin has won many awards as both a saxophone soloist and a chamber musician. As the youngest competitor, he won First Prize and Audience Prize in the Gustav Bumcke International Saxophone Competition in 1998. As a former member of the New Art Saxophone Quartet, he received First Prize in the 1998 Chamber Music Competition of the German Music Foundation (Deutscher Musikrat), as well as the Newcomer-Award of German Radio, next to Jessye Norman, who received the main award. The New Art Saxophone Quartet performed throughout Europe, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Ludwigsburger, Schlossfestspiele, and many others.

Stäudlin teaches saxophone at The Boston Conservatory in both the standard degree and contemporary music programs, and is also on the applied music faculty at Tufts University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He lives with his wife and accompanist, pianist Yoko Hagino, and their daughter, Anna, in Melrose, Mass.