Described by distinguished American composer John Corigliano as an "artist beyond his time," concert saxophonist, Don-Paul Kahl has performed throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and South-East Asia. 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 75 new works for saxophone by some of the most talented and award winning young composers of the time. Recent commissioned composers include Nicolas Tzortzis, María Eugenia Luc, Gregory Wanamaker, Simone Movio, Chris Dench, Julien Malaussena, among many others.
As an avid and in-demand chamber musician, Don-Paul is active with the international interdisciplinary saxophone quartet, Ensemble du Bout du Monde (EBM), his duo with clarinetist, Jackie Glazier, Duo Entre-Nous (D2) , and with the Belgian based mixed ensemble, Hectuor Ensemble.
EBM regularly performs in major concert venues throughout Europe and Switzerland. Their upcoming seasons will include performances in Greece, Switzerland and the United States. Duo Entre-Nous gave the premiere of Scott McAllister's "Concerto Americana" in September 2015 with the University of Florida Wind Symphony and David Waybright conducting. In June 2017 they professionally recorded Gregory Wanamaker’s “Ragahoro Breakdown” for a new CD which was released April 2018 through PARMA Recordings - Navona Records Label.
Don-Paul was a prizewinner at the prestigious 4th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Recently, EBM won the first and special prizes at the 2017 Concours d'Interprétation de la Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt. 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 is an avid clinician and gives masterclasses throughout Europe and the United States. Currently, he 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 a doctoral candidate for the Ph.D in Artistic Research in collaboration with Leiden University (NL) and the Orpheus Institute (BE). In 2017, he completed 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, Marcus Weiss, 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.
Soprano Saxophone: Henri Selmer Paris Super Action 80 Series III - Selmer Concept Mouthpiece - Selmer Ligature - Vandoren V12 Reeds, Strength 3.5
Alto Saxophone: Henri Selmer Paris Super Action 80 Series II - Selmer S90-190 Mouthpiece - Ishimori Solid Silver Ligature - Vandoren Traditional Reeds, Strength 3, D'Addario Reserve Reeds, Strength 3.0+ & Légère Signature Reeds, Strength 3.5
Tenor Saxophone: Henri Selmer Paris Super Action 80 Series III - Selmer S90-180 Mouthpiece - Vandoren Optimum Ligature - Vandoren Traditional Reeds, Strength 3.5 & Légère Signature Reeds, Strength 3.5
Baritone Saxophone: Henri Selmer Paris Super Action 80 Series II - Selmer S90-200 Mouthpiece - Ishimori Solid Silver Ligature - Vandoren Traditional Reeds, Strength 4, Légère Classic Reeds, Strength 3.0 to 3.5