Described by distinguished American composer John Corigliano as an "artist beyond his time," concert saxophonist, Don-Paul Kahl has performed throughout the United States, France, and Australia, as well as in Belgium, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Scotland, and Thailand. He has appeared as soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, the University of Florida Wind Symphony, and the Susquehanna University Orchestra.
An ardent supporter and advocate of contemporary and modern music, Don-Paul has been involved in the creation and performance of over 50 new works for saxophone by some of the most talented and award winning young composers of the time. Recent commissioned composers include Gregory Wanamaker, Scott McAllister, Molly Joyce, Peter Wilson, and Simone Movio, Chris Dench, Julien Malaussena, among many others.
As an avid and in-demand chamber musician, Don-Paul is active with the international modular quartet, Quatuor du Bout du Monde, and his duo with clarinetist, Jackie Glazier, Duo Entre-Nous. Duo Entre-Nous will give the premiere of Scott McAllister's "Concerto Americana" in September 2015 with the University of Florida Wind Symphony and David Waybright conducting. They plan to record their first album of commissioned works by the fall of 2017.
Don-Paul was a prizewinner at the prestigious 4th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand. He was also awarded the Harriett Hale Woolley Scholarship for academic study in Paris, France for the 2013-2014 year. Other awards include prizewinner in the 2013 Marco Fiorindo Chamber Music Competition, University of Florida Concerto Competition, and the Susquehanna University Concerto Competition, along with several others.
Don-Paul currently serves on the faculty at the Susquehanna University High School Wind Ensemble Institute in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. He also holds the position of the saxophone chair in the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in Ocala, Florida. Previously, he has served on the adjunct faculty at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida where he taught applied study in both saxophone and clarinet.
Currently, Don-Paul is living and working as a freelance saxophonist based in Belgium and is also studying in a post-graduate performatory research program at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium. Previously, he earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music degree from Susquehanna University (Summa Cum Laude). His primary teachers and mentors are Jean-Michel Goury, Jonathan Helton, Geoffrey Deibel, and Gail B. Levinsky, with additional study with Frederick L. Hemke.
Don-Paul Kahl is a Henri Selmer Paris and Conn-Selmer performing artist, and performs on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces exclusively.