Eugene E. Rousseau
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Since his Carnegie Hall debut, classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau has performed across America and on five continents. He was the first to give solo saxophone recitals in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, London, and Amsterdam. In addition to his commitment to Indiana University, his teaching includes guest professorships and master classes throughout the world, including the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, the Paris Conservatory, and a yearly course at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1993 he was awarded the rank of Honorary Professor at the Prague Conservatory, and in 2001 was named Honorary Professor at the Instituto Braga (Italy).
His recordings include audio discs and a video on the essential points in learning the saxophone. His Deutsche Grammophon recording (1971) is the first complete disc of saxophone concertos with orchestra. In addition to several CD's with piano, he has recorded with the Haydn Trio of Vienna, the Budapest Strings, and the Winds of Indiana (Frederick Fennell, Conductor).
Rousseau served for 25 years as chief consultant to the Yamaha Corporation for research and development of saxophones. Since joining the IU Faculty in 1964 he has devoted much of his research to the artistic and acoustic characteristics of saxophone mouthpieces. Rousseau is co-founder of the World Saxophone Congress (1969), and has served as president of this organization, and of the Comité International du Saxophone. His publications include scholarly works, arrangements of music, and pedagogical works, many of which have also been published in French, Japanese, and German.
He has received a Fulbright Grant, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Edwin Franko Goldman Award, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa, at which institution he earned the Ph.D. His undergraduate work was completed at the Chicago Musical College, and he holds the MM from Northwestern University.