Acclaimed internationally for his innovative style and musical virtuosity, Yamaha Saxophone Performing Artist Joseph Lulloff has been described by Branford Marsalis as "a marvelous musician" whose "knowledge of music, along with his ability to embrace music normally considered outside the sphere, makes him a joy to listen to." Mr. Lulloff performs regularly with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and as soloist in many of prestigious concert halls and venues in the Americas, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia and Japan. He has also conducted teaching residences at the Paris Conservatory and conservatories throughout Russia, and has performed concerts in Paris, Moscow (Moscow Composers Forum an the Moscow Autumn Festival), and at the Faenza (Italy) Summer Saxophone Institute. When needed, he has also toured throughout Europe and the United States extensively with the Cleveland, Minnesota and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras as their principal saxophonist.
Joseph Lulloff is currently Distinguished Professor of Saxophone at Michigan State University. He has also been a member of the summer artist faculty at the Brevard Music Center since 1999.
Mr. Lulloff's performance honors include receiving the Concerto Artists Guild Award, the Pro Musicis International Music Award, the Teacher/Scholar Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award from Michigan State University. New York Times critic Alan Hughes commented on his Weill Recital Hall debut, writing: "Mr. Lulloff’s artistry showed fine instincts for phrasing in both brilliant and pensive music." Recently, Lulloff was invited to perform in Russia at the Moscow Autumn Festival for Contemporary Music. He has also presented teaching and performance residencies at the Paris Conservatory, Music Conservatories in Russia, Italy, Columbia, South America, Japan, Thailand and at colleges throughout the United States. As alto saxophonist with the Capitol Quartet (www.capitolquartet.com, Mr. Lulloff performs concerts and educational residence with this critically acclaimed saxophone quartet throughout the United States. For more information about the Capitol Quartet, please visit www.capitolquartet.com.
Joseph Lulloff has appeared as guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and numerous other orchestras around the United States, Commenting on his performance with the Cleveland Orchestra of the Ingolf Dahl Saxophone Concerto, music critic Dan Rosenberg wrote, "Lulloff was amazing. He traversed the instrument with seamless agility, filled out phrases for all their expressive worth and achieved dynamics from inaudible purrs to penetrating howls." The Akron Beacon Journal wrote "Joseph Lulloff played with all the finesse of a top-notch concert violinist." And the New York Times commented on this performance that, “...Mr. Lulloff demonstrated considerable virtuosity as a soloist.”
At Michigan State University, students of his find success in a variety of performance and pedagogical fields, from performing with the nations top military bands to teaching at notable music schools at universities throughout the country. Professor Lulloff’s students and quartets have won several notable music competitions, including the Gold Medal Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Competition, the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, MTNA National Solo and Chamber Competition, and the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo and Chamber Music Performance Competitions.
He also holds a strong interest in collaborations with composers to enhance the contemporary saxophone repertoire, commissioning and premiering works from more than 30 composers.
Equally adept with both classical and jazz repertoire, Joseph Lulloff is featured both as a soloist and ensemble member in numerous recordings on the Albany, Arabesque, AUR, Blue Griffin, Channel Classics, RCA, Veriatza, and White Pine labels.
Joseph Lulloff is a Yamaha Performing Artist and resides in Okemos, Michigan, with his wife Janet and son Jordan.