Saxophone Professor - West Virginia University
Music Performance Program faculty, Columbia University
Artist's BiographyMichael Ibrahim is a Canadian saxophonist based in West Virginia and New York City. His performances of concertos, recital repertoire, and new music have attracted much attention in North America and Europe. Noted for his \"sheer virtuosity and musical intensity\" (Calgary Herald), he has performed as a soloist throughout North America, Austria, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, and Russia.
In praise of his solo Bach recording, Saxophone Journal wrote, \"The listener is in for an exciting musical ride.\" He has won numerous competitions including the North American Saxophone Alliance Classical Artist Competition, the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition for Woodwinds, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, the MTNA Woodwind Collegiate Artist and Chamber Music Competitions, and a Darmstadt Performance Prize for Contemporary Music.
As a freelance performer at the center of New York City\'s contemporary classical scene, Ibrahim has worked with Amp Music, Either/Or, Fireworks Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Manhattan Sinfonietta, PRISM Quartet, Red Light New Music, SEM Ensemble, and Wet Ink. His solo and chamber music performances have taken place in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Symphony Space, and the Kitchen. In NYC, Ibrahim gave the US Premiere of solo pieces such as Stockhausen\'s Edentia, Boulez\'s Dialogue de l\'ombre double, and Robin Hoffmann\'s Birkhahn-Studie for black grouse hunting call. Recently in Chicago, with the Anubis Saxophone Quartet and violist Nadia Sirota, he gave the US Premiere of Georges Aperghis\' Crosswind.
Ibrahim studied at the Manhattan School of Music, Bowling Green State University, the UniversitÃ© EuropÃ©enne de Saxophone in France, the University of Calgary, and the University of Regina. His teachers include Paul Cohen, John Sampen, Claude Delangle, Marcus Weiss, Jeremy Brown, Karen Finnsson, and Chris Jacklin. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Calgary, and Mount Royal College, and is currently on faculty at West Virginia University, where he received the Outstanding Teaching Award for the School of Music in 2010.
In 2009, he published the book New Aesthetics in Contemporary Saxophone Music. His solo and chamber recordings appear on the Cala, Carrier, Mint, Newfangled, and Omninova labels. He recently released two solo albums: Solo, a disc of unaccompanied avant-garde works, and also French Music for Alto Saxophone and Piano. On Sunday mornings, Ibrahim hosts a classical radio show on U92FM in Morgantown. Ibrahim is a Conn-Selmer Artist and performs on Selmer saxophones. He is also a Rico Performing Artist and endorses Rico Reserve Classic saxophone reeds. In addition to his saxophone playing, Ibrahim also enjoys the great outdoors of West Virginia - in particular, trail running with his German shorthaired pointer Rex.