Arizona University Recordings-Featured Recording Artists

Joe Lulloff


Saxophonist Joseph Lulloff is one of today's most sought-after performers and clinicians. Acclaimed internationally for his innovative style and unparalleled virtuosity, Mr. Lulloff has been described by Branford Marsalis as "a marvelous musician" whose "knowledge of music, along with his ability to embrace music normally considered outside the sphere, makes him a joy to listen to." Mr. Lulloff performs regularly with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and as soloist in many of the most prestigious concert venues in the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and Japan.

He received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University. He has taught at the University of Illinois, and is currently Professor of Saxophone Performance Studies at Michigan State University.

Mr. Lulloff is a member of the summer artist faculty at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, N.C., and is past president of the North American Saxophone Alliance. Mr. Lulloff's honors include a Pro Musicis International Music Award, the Teacher/Scholar Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award from Michigan State University. As winner of the annual Concert Artists Guild competition he presented a solo recital in New York's Weill Recital Hall; of this performance New York Times critic Alan Hughes commented, "Mr. Lulloff’s artistry showed fine instincts for phrasing in both brilliant and pensive music."

Mr. Lulloff regularly presents recitals and master classes at major universities and conservatories. He has performed as a member of the wind sections of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras, among others. Mr. Lulloff recently performed the Ingolf Dahl Saxophone Concerto in a series of concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra. Dan Rosenberg wrote in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Lulloff was amazing. He traversed the instrument with seamless agility, filled out phrases for all their expressive worth and achieved dynamics from inaudible purrs to penetrating howls." The Akron Beacon Journal noted that "Joseph Lulloff played with all the finesse of a top-notch concert violinist."

Mr. Lulloff is active in the premiering and commissioning of new works, including those of Michael Colgrass, David Cutler, Don Freund, Perry Goldstein, John Harbison, Jere Hutchenson, David Maslanka, David Ott, Gunther Schuller, Charles Ruggiero, Scott Wyatt, and Paul Martin Zonn.

Mr. Lulloff is featured both as a soloist and ensemble member in numerous recordings on the Arabesque, RCA, Albany, AUR, Veriatza, and Channel Classics labels. Mr. Lulloff is a Yamaha Performing Artist and resides in Okemos, Michigan, with his wife Janet and son Jordan.