Dr. Sean Yusheng Xue, a native of Shanghai, China, ispraised as “one of the most exciting saxophonists of the young generation.” He has won awards in numerous competitions, including First Prize in Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, First Prize in Concours Saxiana in France, and Third Prize in Concours Saxo Voce in France, and First Prize in LISMA International Music Competition. He has given recitals and masterclasses in Soochow University School of Music, Cadillac Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai Conservatory Music High School, Zhejiang Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Nanyang Academy of Arts in Singapore. He has been invited to perform as a soloist with IRCAM, Soochow University Wind Ensemble, Shanghai Jiaotong University Wind Ensemble, and Zhong Fu Yin Symphonic Band.
He founded one of the leading saxophone quartets in China, Alah Quartet, and has performed regularly in Shanghai Symphony Hall, Cadillac Shanghai Concert Hall, Oriental Arts Center, and Shanghai Poly Theater. They initiated numerous commissions from composers in China, such as Zhu Jianer and Xu Jainqiang. The crowning achievement of such collaboration, the arrangement of Chasing Tiger from traditional Peking Opera, has become an Internet sensation in China.
As lecturer of saxophone at Soochow University School of Music, Sean Xue made his debut with his saxophone studio at the Second Asian Saxophone Congress in Shanghai. Their performance of his arrangement of Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez has received very high critical acclaim. His students have won competitions in China and have gained very positive attention.
Sean Xue received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Bachelor of Music at the Eastman School of Music, and completed Master’s studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and Conservatoire de Cergy-Pontoise in France. His past teachers include Chien-Kwan Lin, Otis Murphy, Jean-Yves Fourmeau and Jingli Hong.