Saxophonist Paul Forsyth and pianist Chialing Hsieh will present a recital “Première: New Works for Saxophone and Piano” on Friday, September 24 at 6 pm in the Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Those present are requested to respect the university regulations and to wear a mask at all times in the building.
The program will include “Brazilian Landscapes No. 21” by Liduoino Pitombeira, “From the Skyline” by Mischa Zupko, “from other future” by John Anthony Lennon, “Ruckblick” by Ursula Mamlok and “Vocalise” by Maurice Ravel and arranged by Larry Teal.
Also adept in the classical and jazz repertoire, Forsyth has performed and taught in numerous concert halls, universities and conferences around the world. Forsyth has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, World Saxophone Congresses, Composer John Donald Robb Symposia, and International Saxophone Symposia. He was instrumental in commissioning many new works for solo saxophone, saxophone quartet and saxophone / oboe duo. As a chamber musician, Paul Forsyth is a member of two renowned ensembles, the Three Reeds Duo and the Iridium Quartet. Each ensemble has several recordings, the most recent albums being “Metamorphosis” and “Skylines”. As a leading saxophonist in northern Louisiana, he has performed with artists such as Regis Philbin, Lew Soloff, the Temptations, and Bobby Vinton. From 2017 to 2019, Paul Forsyth was appointed Chairman of the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition Committee.
Forsyth joined Northwestern State faculty in the fall of 2007 and is currently a saxophone teacher. In the past, he has served on faculties at Albion College, Spring Arbor University, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He received his doctorate and master’s degree in saxophone performance from Michigan State University and his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Tennessee. His main teachers are Joseph Lulloff, Diego Rivera, Ron Blake and Mark Tucker. Forsyth is a Yamaha entertainer.
Hailed as a “brilliant pianist” (Fanfare), Hsieh has given recitals in Europe, Asia and the United States and has been a featured pianist on seven CDs for the Centaur, Enharmonic and Ballpark labels. Hsieh is an Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at Northwestern State and has given masterclasses across the United States and abroad and has served as a judge and referee for competitions and events.
A sought-after collaborating pianist, Hsieh has performed with members of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and Symphony Orchestras in Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minnesota . , and Memphis. She has performed with Julliard Faculty, Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, University of Cincinnati, and Arizona State University.