Joseph Lulloff


Joseph Lulloff is professor of saxophone and area chair of woodwinds at the Michigan State University College of Music.

He has performed as a member of the wind sections of the Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, among others. Commenting on Lulloff’s recent solo performances of the Ingolf Dahl Saxophone Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra, Dan Rosenberg wrote in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Lulloff was amazing. He traversed the instrument with seamless agility, filled out phrases for all their expressive worth and achieved dynamics from inaudible purrs to penetrating howls." The Akron Beacon Journal noted: "Joseph Lulloff played with all the finesse of a top-notch concert violinist." And the New York Times commented: “…Lulloff demonstrated considerable virtuosity as a soloist.” As soprano saxophonist with the Capitol Quartet, Lulloff performs and participates in educational residences with this critically acclaimed saxophone quartet throughout the United States.

He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University. He is a recipient of numerous awards for solo performance, including the Concert Artists Guild Award; the Pro Musicus International Music Award; the Teacher/Scholar Award from MSU and the Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006. Lulloff has been featured at World Saxophone Congresses in Tokyo, Japan; Valencia, Spain; Nuremburg, Germany; Montreal, Canada, and Chicago.

Equally adept with both classical and jazz repertoire, he is featured both as a soloist and ensemble member in numerous recordings on the Arabesque, RCA, Albany, AUR, Veriatza, and Channel Classics labels. His recording of the Ingolf Dahl Concerto for Saxophone (Music of Dahl, Colgrass and Ruggiero-AUR Recordings) has been hailed by critics for its appealing musical virtuosity and sensitivity. Spain; Nuremburg, Germany; Montreal, Canada, and Chicago.

Lulloff is a Yamaha Performing Artist and resides in Okemos, Michigan, with his wife Janet and son Jordan.

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