Saxophonist Andrew Dahlke is becoming increasingly recognized across the U.S. and abroad for his versatility and the high level of artistry he brings to diverse musical settings and genres. Andrew has received praise as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and jazz saxophonist and improviser on multiple saxophones.
Andrew recently completed a double CD recording of J.S. Bach’s cello suites on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, which is scheduled for release in early 2014. This was the culmination of an extended period of study, performance, and dedication to the suites. Andrew also just recorded another CD of music for soprano saxophone and piano with pianist Anne Breeden for a summer 2014 release. Andrew's first release as a producer is now available at www.newbach.com, the recording is entitled New Bach Rock and is a CD of classical music in a unique new rock format with a mission of turning young people on to classical music through a medium they more commonly identify with.
Andrew regularly performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has appeared with the orchestra at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Saratoga Springs, NY Performing Arts Center, and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, working with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and conductors Rossen Milanov, Steven Reineke, David Newman, and Christian Macelaru. An Aspen Music Festival alumnus and frequent performer at the Festival, Andrew has performed with the Aspen Chamber Symphony, Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Wind Ensemble, and the Opera Theatre Program, working with conductors David Zinman, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Christie, Robert Spano, Joaquin Valdepenas, and George Manahan. Andrew also frequently performs with the Colorado Symphony in Denver with conductors including, Marin Alsop, Jeffrey Kahane, and Larry Rachleff.
As a member of the Capitol Quartet on baritone saxophone, Andrew has been featured with numerous orchestras and in recital across the country including extended and return engagements with the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphonies. The group has collaborated closely with pops conductors Jack Everly, Jeff Tyzik, and Marvin Hamlisch as well as broadway divas Ann Hampton Callaway and Judy McClane, and clarinetist Jon Manasse. The most recent CD of the Capitol Quartet was recorded under the auspices of an Aaron Copland Fund grant with White Pine Music and is comprised of pieces by American composers commissioned by the quartet. The CD is entitled Flex: Five Pieces for Four Saxophones.
As a concerto soloist Andrew has appeared with the Gangnam Symphony, Seoul Wind Ensemble, and Jeju Festival Winds in Seoul, Korea, and the Texas Christian University Symphonic Winds and the University of Northern Colorado Wind Ensemble and Orchestra among other groups. As a recitalist and clinician Andrew recently performed at the Chung Mun Kyu museum in South Korea and has been a guest at numerous conferences and universities including: Indiana University, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Hanyang University and the Korean National Arts University in Seoul, the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China, Penn State University, the SUNY Crane School of Music, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the International Association of Jazz Education.
Early in his career Andrew collaborated and performed frequently in the Detroit area with jazz artists including bassists Rodney Whitaker and Paul Keller, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and pianist Craig Taborn. After his subsequent move to New York City in the early 1990’s Andrew led groups and performed at venues such as the Knitting Factory, the Kitchen, the Bell Café and the Cornelia Street Café with musicians including bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, drummer Clarence Penn, cellist Jane Scarpantoni, bassist Marc Sloan, and saxophonists Floyd King and Alex Harding. At the University of Northern Colorado, Andrew has been invited to perform with saxophonist Dick Oatts, trumpeter Scott Wendholt, Peter Eldridge of the New York Voices, pianist/composer Mike Holober, saxophonist Dave Pietro, and pianist Alan Pasqua. Currently, in addition to freelance work, Andrew performs with the Colorado Jazz Orchestra in the greater Denver area.
Andrew has degrees in music from the University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone from the University of North Texas and includes, among his teachers, saxophonists Larry Teal, Donald Sinta, Eugene Rousseau, Jim Riggs, and Tim Ries, jazz educators Ted Piltzecker, Ed Sarath, and David Baker, and clarinetist Andy Crisanti. Andrew is currently Professor of Saxophone at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Andrew’s students have won numerous competitions and awards and successfully acquired teaching positions in both secondary and higher education. In addition to UNC, Andrew was a faculty member at Texas Christian University and taught for the University of Michigan Youth Programs at the university and at Interlochen National Music Camp. Andrew has published and presented his saxophone and jazz improvisation pedagogy at conferences across the country. Andrew was also featured in an interview by the Saxophone Journal. Current extra-musical projects include publishing an edition of J.S. Bach’s cello suites for saxophone, publishing jazz improvisation pedagogy, and collaborating with Behn Mouthpieces International in designing and offering a new, classical alto saxophone mouthpiece.