Anders Paulsson


Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 1992, Anders Paulsson (*1961) is widely recognized as one of the finest soprano saxophonists in the world. His musicianship has inspired a succession of over 50 international composers to write solo concertos and chamber music for him.

He has performed in major music centres like Alice Tully Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Moscow International Performing Arts Centre and Kitakyushu Performing Arts Centre i Japan. In 2012 Anders Paulsson was awarded the Royal Gold Medal Litteris et Artibus for his prominent artistic achievements as soprano saxophonist.

Anders has performed hundreds of concerts as a soloist in 25 countries and released 17 CDs. His pioneering CD recording Swedish Concertos for Soprano Saxophone with music by Anders Eliasson, Rolf Martinsson & Sven-David Sandström has received praise in Gramophone as a real high.

He has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic and has collaborated with conductors such as John Storgårds, Lü Jia,​ Okku Kamu, ​Eva Ollikainen, Johannes Gustavsson, ​Fabio Mastrangelo & ​Lan Shui.​

After classical saxophone studies at the Royal College in Stockholm and with Jean-Marie Londeix in France, a Fulbright ITT International Fellowship enabled him to study with Joseph Allard and Bob Mintzer at Manhattan School of Music, New York City. As a composer, Anders Paulsson was awarded “The Golden Clapperboard” for best original film music in 1994 together with Johan Söderqvist.

2013-2014 Anders Paulsson was Composer-in-Residence at the MIAGI Youth Symphony Orchestra in South Africa:

Many of his performances have been broadcast on international television and radio and his recordings have received high acclaim from music critics and audiences worldwide.

At the Nobel festivities in 1993 Anders Paulsson performed for Nelson Mandela when he received the Nobel Peace Prize and for the Nobel Prize winners of Medicine in 2003.

Anders Paulsson seeks to use music to promote international understanding, peace and biosphere stewardship.

He is the co-founder of Coral Guardians, an organisation that combines music and science to raise awareness about the world’s coral reefs and what is needed to safeguard them for future generations. For more information visit


Astor Piazzolla

Adiós Nonino

Sven-David Sandström

Four pieces for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble

Rolf Martinsson

GOLDEN HARMONY, Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra

Kalevi Aho

Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra

Anders Eliasson

Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra
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