New York based saxophonist Geoffrey Landman is a performer, teacher, and advocate of the saxophone and new music. He has performed across North America, Europe, Singapore, Thailand, and in New York City’s most well-known venues including Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, The United Nations, Trinity Wall Street, Roulette, The Kitchen, The Morgan Library, and The Stone.
Geoffrey Landman is the saxophonist of the Either/Or Ensemble and Wavefield Ensemble, and has collaborated with groups including the Talea Ensemble, Argento New Music Project, Metropolis Ensemble, and Fireworks Ensemble. He is one half of the Landman/Stadler Saxophone Duo along with German saxophonist Patrick Stadler. For 8 years Geoffrey performed with the New Thread Saxophone Quartet, a new-music saxophone quartet he co- founded in 2011. As an orchestral saxophonist, he performs with Music at Trinity Wall Street’s NovusNY, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and was a Fellow at the 2015 and 2016 Tanglewood Music Festivals.
He has presented recitals and masterclasses at schools including Northwestern University, University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, the Peabody Institute, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Western Michigan University, Temple University, Manhattan School of Music, and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. He has performed as soloist with the University of Cincinnati CCM Wind Ensemble, the Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, and at festivals including the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Tanglewood New Music Festival, PROTOTYPE Festival, MIKROS Festival, Sounding Now Festival, and Mise-en Festival.
Having premiered over 80 works for saxophone, Mr. Landman has worked with composers including Ann Cleare, Philippe Leroux, Christian Lauba, Giorgio Netti, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Elliott Sharp. Geoffrey has collaborated with many acclaimed artists, including vocalists Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Tony Arnold, Lena Willemark, and Ulrika Bodén; JACK String Quartet, TILT Brass, Prism Saxophone Quartet, pianist/composer Osnat Netzer, and poet J.D. McClatchy. He has recorded for labels including New World, Sterling Modern, New Focus, Navona, and BMOP/sound. Landman’s performance at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre of Karin Rehnqvist’s Rädda mig ur dyn for alto saxophone and soprano voice (Ulrika Bodén) was chosen by the composer to be included in her album “LIVE” on the Sterling Modern label, which was awarded the 2014 Swedish Grammy for ‘Classical Album of the Year’.
He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BM), University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music (MM), Post-graduate work at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel in Switzerland, and New England Conservatory where he was the first ever DMA in saxophone performance in the school’s history. His principal teachers are Donald Sinta, Marcus Weiss, James Bunte, and Kenneth Radnofsky. Geoffrey Landman is a Conn-Selmer and D’Addario Woodwinds performing artist and performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and D’Addario Reserve reeds.
Each student has unique interests and ambitions, and because of this, I I believe it is my role as a teacher to encourage curiosity and critical thinking in one’s own learning process. My own approach to learning music has been hugely influenced by the many wonderful opportunities I’ve had to work directly with composers. This dialogue between performer and composer, though much easier with a living composer, also takes place through the markings in a score, the historical context around a piece, and many other factors that we can explore to inform our musical choices. I strive for my students to develop not only as saxophonists but also as musical scholars. In the words of one of my favorite composers, Luciano Berio, his music is for “virtuosos not only of the fingers but of the mind.”