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Alexander von Hagke

Germany

Alexander studied music at New York’s City College and at the University of Music in Munich. Besides working with his own groups, he also performs with a great variety of top-notch ensembles, ranging from contemporary jazz to major symphony orchestras. He is at home in various musical styles, performing at jazz festivals and clubs, new music festivals, and in classical concert halls.

He recorded three CDs as a leader: the jazz album “Loreley” (enja), the odd-meter-fusion album “Fusion Nouvelle” (esc) and the chamber music-crossover CD “Passo Avanti-Delikatessen” (GLM). All of his albums were highly critically acclaimed by the national and international press.

Besides many other sideman appearances, Alexander is also featured on three CDs and one live DVD of the internationally known jazz&metal-fusion band Panzerballett.

He has performed in many countries of Europe, Asia, and the U.S. and gave workshops all over Germany and Austria.

In 2011, he received the Bavarian Culture State Award. He also was a member of the German National Merit Foundation.

The new CD “Delikatessen<http://www.alexandervonhagke.com/en/cds-shop.html>” with the ensemble Passo Avanti<http://www.passoavanti.de/> is the latest release of clarinetist and saxophonist Alexander von Hagke. Passo Avanti offers a unique and refreshing mixture of classical music and jazz, flavored with a number of other musical ingredients. By combining the intimacy of chamber music with elements of improvisation, classical music is simultaneously taken back to its roots and one step forward at the same time, producing smooth transitions with subtle hues and wide arches bridging musical styles.

The Munich based musician von Hagke is at home in various musical styles. He tours the world with high-calibre jazz ensembles (e.g. Panzerballett), performs New Music at renowned festivals and plays occasionally in world class symphony orchestras (e.g. Munich Radio or Munich Philharmonic Orchestra).

Under his own name, Alexander released “Fusion Nouvelle<http://www.alexandervonhagke.com/en/cds-shop.html>” (2012/esc records) and “Loreley<http://www.alexandervonhagke.com/en/cds-shop.html>” (2011/enja). Especially as a member of the fast-and-furious heavy-metal jazz band Panzerballett<http://www.panzerballett.de/>, Alexander has become known to an international fan base.

Alexander studied at the New York City College and the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. His teachers include Rich Perry, John Ruocco, Leszek Zadlo, and Ivan Mahr. He also holds a university degree in Mathematics.

Alexander received many awards and scholarships for his playing, e.g. the Cultural State Award of Bavaria and “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” (German national merit foundation).

Instruments

Alexander von Hagke plays
· soprano saxophone
· alto saxophone
· tenor saxophone
· baritone saxophone
· clarinet
· bass clarinet
· flute
· piccolo flute

Alexander von Hagke plays P. Mauriat saxophones, F. Arthur Uebel clarinets and Vandoren reeds exclusively.

Plays on

On the Scene with Alexander von Hagke