Commanding an enormous and diverse portion of the saxophone’s vast solo and chamber repertoire, Mr. Pittel performs music written for the instrument by composers as varied as Debussy, Hovhaness, Babbitt, Villa-Lobos and Glazunov, as well as his own transcriptions of baroque and classical works by Bach, Marcello, Loeillet, Mozart and others. With the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet, he performs chamber music as well as the popular saxophone repertoire of the vaudeville, ragtime and swing eras. In addition, he has added to the instrument’s body of work through commissions from composers including Milton Babbitt and Luciano Berio.
His discography includes 26 recordings of duos, trios, quartets and concertos with orchestra, and he has been featured on soundtracks of several films including Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN. A guest on the Today show and a featured artist on the LIVE FROM LINCLOLN CENTER and SPOLETO/U.S.A. telecasts, he is known to an ever-widening public.
Each season includes several tours with The Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet, as well as duo-recitals and orchestral engagements. Mr. Pittel has appeared as soloist with many symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Denver and Seattle Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and a host of others, under the direction of such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Neville Marriner, Michael Tilson Thomas and Dimitri Kitaenko. Overseas, he has appeared with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, the London Sinfonietta and Bergen Philharmonic, as well as in recital in Mexico, throughout Europe and the Far East.
The recipient of two Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund grants and a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant, Pittel has twice been presented as a winner of the Concert Artist Guild competition. His other awards include a silver medal earned in the Concourse International d’Execution Musicale in Geneva. He presented six seasons of concerts as an Affiliate Artist.
Pittel has held the position of Professor of Saxophone at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music for the past 32 years and has also taught at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, Montclair State College in New Jersey, Boston University, and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His festival participation has included Spoleto/U.S.A., Brevard, Aspen, Ojai, Tanglewood, and Marlboro, the latter at the invitation of the late Rudolf Serkin.
His numerous recordings include BACH AND NOODLES and MOVING ALONG
Dr. Alex Meynegre, Pianist
Appointed as staff pianist at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in Austin in 2010, Alex Maynegre has a versatile career as collaborative pianist, solo performer and music editor.
Active also in summer music festivals, Maynegre has been on the piano accompanying staff of the Meadowmount School of Music in NY since the summer of 2008.
He has also held positions at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Hartt School in Hartford, CT.
Prizewinner in several competitions in the United States and Spain, Maynegre has appeared in concert with Lynn Harrell, Joseph Silverstein, Tadeu Coelho and the Emerson String Quartet among others. As soloist he appeared with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut.
Dr. Maynegre also has a deep interest in revising standard piano reductions for instrumental concerto scores. OvationPress recently published his piano reduction of Schelomo by Ernest Bloch. The original reduction of this piece is known in the field as one of the most impractical scores to read and to play. In 1997 Maynegre and other pianists recorded the CD “La música de Mestre”, a compilation of works by the Catalan composer Enric Torra.
Maynegre holds degrees from the “Conservatori del Liceu” in Barcelona, the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he completed his DMA in Collaborative Piano under the tutelage of Anne Epperson. His other teachers include Enric Torra, Luiz de Moura Castro and Dr. David Westfall. He currently lives in Austin with his wife Beth and his son Oscar.