Saxophonist aims to 'lose himself’ in his music
They will perform works by Hindemith, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla and Demersseman's "Fantaisie sur un theme original," which is one of the earliest pieces written for saxophone.
The saxophone was created about 150 year ago by Belgian Adolphe Saxe. While modern listeners often associate it with jazz, it was perfectly designed to suit classical music, Ashu said.
"It's an incredible instrument in tone and beauty," he said in a phone interview from his home in
Ashu fell in love with the sound of the instrument when he was 9 years old and heard it on the car radio. He was hooked solid when he saw the instrument in school and decided "it was the coolest-looking instrument."
He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in saxophone performance at
He has performed around the world and has won first prize at numerous competitions including the International Heida Hermanns Competition in
Because the saxophone is a relatively new instrument, Ashu finds himself doing a fair amount of arranging to increase his repertoire.