The 16th Annual
Friday 18 November 2005

 Glebe Music Festival

In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc

Jason Xanthoudakis: Saxophone

Biography - October 2005

Jason studied saxophone at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts with Phillip Miechel, Ian Godfrey, Dr. Peter Clinch and Terry Noone, and is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium where he studied with Mark Walton and James Nightingale. During 1999 and 2000, he studied in Europe with Claude Delangle, Jean-Yves Fourmeau (Paris), Arno Bornkamp (Amsterdam) and Kyle Horch (London). Jason was awarded a Foundation for Youth Excellence Award from the Glen Eira City Council and won the 3MBS Performer of the Year Award (2000).

Jason has a busy performance schedule including performances with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as frequent solo recitals around Australia.

He has performed several live broadcast recitals on 2MBS-FM and has recorded for ABC Classic FM, has been broadcast on 3MBS-FM as well as Australian local and national radio programmes. Jason has written articles for various Saxophone Magazines, including the Australian Clarinet and Saxophone magazine, has conducted master classes throughout Australia and has arranged/transcribed more than 50 works for Saxophone.

In 2002 he performed the Ibert - Concertino da Camera with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, won the Victorian College of the Arts Concerto Competition and in 2005 won the University of Melbourne - Faculty of Music Concerto Competition (Wind/Voice).

He has also been invited to perform solo recitals at the Australasian International Clarinet and Saxophone Conference, Brisbane (2002) and in March (2005) at the 2005 Melbourne International Single Reeds Festival.

Jason is very active in the field of Contemporary Music and encourages composers to write music for Saxophone. Several composers have dedicated works to Jason and in 2004 Jason gave the world premieres of 6 new works for Saxophone and in 2005 has seen the premieres of several new works for Saxophone.

Next Year (2006) is sure to be a busy year for Jason as he has been invited to perform at the Adelaide fringe festival (February), perform as a soloist with several orchestras, conduct masterclasses and recitals around Australia (for more information go to

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