An important voice for the saxophone and new music
A Washington, D.C. native, Geoffrey Deibel is emerging as an important voice for the saxophone and contemporary music. He maintains a multi-faceted career as performer, teacher, and researcher. Recent concert highlights include performances with the Athens Saxophone Quartet (Cyprus), International Contemporary Ensemble at the Park Avenue Armory (NYC), at Merkin Hall and Zankel Hall (NYC), and recitals in Stuttgart, Germany; Cortona, Italy, and in Wichita, KS.
Geoff has commissioned new works by both established and emerging composers, including Nathan Davis, Jesse Ronneau, Claudio Gabriele, Drew Baker, and David Rakowski. He has also premiered the music of Hans Thomalla, Marc Mellits, Jason Eckardt, Jagoda Szmytka, David Reminick and others. He has worked with John Adams, Bernard Rands, Howard Sandroff and Christopher Adler, among many others.
As a jazz musician, Geoff has performed with the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and the Truth in Jazz Orchestra, and has performed locally on the Fisch Haus Jazz Series. He has also had the opportunity to perform alongside Ruben Alvarez, Ron Blake, Allison Miller, James Moody and Matt Wilson. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Wichita Jazz Festival.
Geoff is a member of the critically acclaimed h2 quartet, first prize winners at the Fischoff Competition, recent finalists at the Concert Artists Guild Competition and recipients of an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant.
Geoff holds degrees in history and music from Northwestern University, and a doctoral degree from Michigan State University. His principal teachers have included Joseph Lulloff, Frederick Hemke, Leo Saguiguit, and Reginald Jackson. Geoff has held teaching positions at Grand Valley State University, Alma College, and the University of Florida. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Wichita State University. He also serves on the faculty of the Cortona Sessions for New Music, as well as the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop.
For more information on Geoffrey Deibel, visit www.geoffreydeibel.com.