Kevin Baldwin

Saxophonist / Composer / Visual Artist

Boston, MA


Kevin has traveled and performed as a soloist and in ensembles all over the world, including Canada, Fance, Italy, and China.  The New York Times reviewed one of Kevin’s concerts as “precise and energetic…” Since, Kevin has performed with numerous ensembles such as Iktus+Ensemble Mise-en, Tactus, QubitTempus Continuum Ensemble, and Inverted Space. Kevin has made a name for himself focusing on modern saxophone and performance techniques; he utilizes these skills to commission and premier a wide array of new works in a solo and chamber setting.

Kevin's Mission Statement reads:

In an ongoing endeavor to create a diverse list of works including the saxophone, and move the saxophone community forward, I aim to look forward with repertoire to see what the saxophone can further become, as opposed to focusing on finding an instrumental legacy in a relatively brief instrument's history. I have dedicated my career to focusing on modern and expirimental techniques, commissioning and premiering works which will add new concepts to the use and history of the saxophone.

I have begun a list of modern saxophone repetoire for both solo and chamber works. This list stands as an aid to saxophonists in their continued evolution forward.

Recently, Kevin has received commissions and several other premieres from ensembles and individuals such as Martha Cargo, Anne H. Goldberg-BaldwinandPlay, loadbang, and Ensemble SurPlus. Additionally, Kevin travelled to Stuttgart, GE to attend Akadmie Schloss Solitude in 2015, where he studied with Chaya Czernowin and Rebecca Saunders. Planned CD recordings by Martha Cargo and Anne H. Goldberg-Baldwin will feature Kevin's newest works, body and... and... for solo bass flute, and an untitled work for piano.

Kevin's Words on his Works:

My works focus on the idea of understanding what an individual sound inherently is. The process is to reveal what the sound innately is through observations of a sound. As the composer, my job in this process is to project my understanding as I move through the original sound, peeling back the surface layer of material and in so others might better perceive sound as well. Elements of a sound are constantly being opened and expanded to project new frameworks in which future observations may be placed. In using elements from the original sound, and constantly using elements from subsequent sounds, the work progresses into itself s all material moves inward and constantly relates back in every parameter to the original.



Intrigued by the visual aesthetic of modern classical music's notation, Kevin began experimenting with visual art. Kevin began his visual art career exploring visual aesthetics in experimental music, such as notation, beyond the boundaries the genre would allow. Quickly, Kevin's works are becoming popular, and his works have been shown in numerous Seattle locations. Common Area Maintenance Art Gallery displayed Kevin's series of "Graphic Parts" [a series of 4 drawings, each performed simultaneously by a single musician], sponsored by the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research. Recently, Kevin's works could be seen at the 2016 Alki Art Festival in West Seattle.

Kevin holds his D.M.A.in Music Composition at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, where he studied composition with Dr. Joel-Francois Durand and Saxophone with Dr. Michael Brockman. He received his M.M in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Paul Cohen for saxophone, and Dr. Reiko Fueting in composition.Kevin has earned his B.M. in Music Education and Music Composition at the University of the Pacific, where he studied primarily with Dr. François Rose and Dr. Robert Coburn in composition, and David Henderson for saxophone.