Described as “an elegant player with a beautiful tone”, Dr. Brian Kauth is an active performer and teacher of the saxophone. He has performed with the New York Wind Symphony, the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Ridgewood Concert Band, the Big Blue Big Band, the Swing Shift Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra, and the Resonance Saxophone Orchestra, in addition to being a regular performer and presenter at conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance and the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium.
A proponent of new music since his collegiate days, Dr. Kauth has worked with several composers to contribute to the saxophone repertoire in various contexts and configurations, premiering works by Michael Bies, Walter Hartley, Brandon Nelson, Jamie Leigh Sampson, Marc Satterwhite, Andrew Martin Smith, Alan Theisen, and James Willey, among others.
Dr. Kauth is equally at home researching and teaching. In addition to maintaining a private studio, he has taught all grade levels from elementary to the collegiate level. His research into the saxophone concerto of Roman Palester has led to an increased interest in this long-forgotten work, culminating in his doctoral dissertation, featured articles, and his premiere performance of the original version at SMR 100: The Sigurd M. Raschèr Centennial Celebration held at SUNY Fredonia. Additionally, his scholarly writings have been published in Saxophone Today, The Saxophone Symposium, and The Saxophonist.
Dr. Kauth studied saxophone with Lawrence Gwozdz, Wildy Zumwalt, and Laurence Wyman, earning degrees in music education and performance from The University of Southern Mississippi and The State University of New York at Fredonia. He received additional instruction from renowned concert artists Carina Raschèr, Jean-Marie Londeix, and members of the acclaimed Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. He may be heard on the Sax-Chamber Orchestra’s recording, Parabolically Bach, available on Roméo Records, and is presently preparing his first recording of music dedicated to him, including unknown works for the saxophone. Dr. Kauth is a member of the Silverstein Pro Team, and uses Silverstein ligatures.