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William Perconti

William Perconti

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Bill Perconti's life-long exploration into saxophone performance has placed him among the most-recorded saxophonists in the history of classical saxophone.  He has recorded over thirty world-premier works on twelve recordings since 1994 as a soloist and leader of the Alloy Saxophone Quartet, the LCSC Chamber Players, and the Idaho Saxophone Trio.   Leading independant record companies such as Albany, Centaur, and Crystal Records have produced Perconti's CDs.    

The CDs Dragon and Women Composers and Their Music for Saxophone are Perconti's most recent releases (2013).  Dragon features music by composers Allan Blank, Hilary Tann, Frederick Rzewski, Joan Tower, and Joseph Waters.  The title piece Dragon by Waters is an innovative third-stream piece for solo saxophone and electronics, influenced by George Gershwin, Charlie Parker, Super Mario Bros. II, and Lady Gaga.  Fanfare magazine has written "All of these are interesting works, well-played by Perconti and the Alloy Quartet."  [Mar/Apr 2014].  The CD Women Composers is the first of it’s kind for classical saxophone.  Perconti has also contributed to six volumes for the Arizona University Recording series America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax and to Volume IX of The Chamber Music of Nancy Van de Vate on Vienna Modern Masters Recordings.


Perconti’s recording of Joan Tower’s Wings was singled out and submitted by AUR to the first round of the 42nd Grammy Awards.   Fanfare has written “... young American virtuoso Bill Perconti is an accomplished interpret”, and from American Record Guide “I would be happy to spend an evening in the concert hall with Bill Perconti.”  The Bossak-Heilbron Foundation, the Idaho Commission on the Arts (with pianist Kay Zavislak), LCSC, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with composer Elena Ruehr), the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Washington Artists Trust have provided grants for his recordings.

Perconti’s performing career spans fifteen states nationwide (USA), Canada, and Japan, including guest recitals at the U. of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and the U. of Wisconsin-Madison.  Academic performances include solos at state, regional, and national meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance and the World Saxophone Congress (Tokyo).  Perconti is also a two-time winner of Outstanding Soloist Certificates at the Hampton Jazz Festival.

For solo saxophone and saxophone quartet Perconti has arranged over fifty works; twenty are published with Advance Music/Schott (Germany) and Northeast Music Publications (New Jersey).  The Instrumentalist (with Ron Tyree), the Saxophone Journal, and the NACWPI Journal have published his articles.   

Perconti is found in the 7th Ed. of Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the West, 27th Ed.

Education

Bill Perconti has B.M. and M.M. degrees from Bowling State University, Ohio, and a D.M.A from the U. of Iowa.  His mentors on saxophone are Joseph Bosoty (Cleveland, OH), Louis Marini Sr. (BGSU), Galan Kral (Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, Ohio), and Ronald Tyree (Iowa).  Additional study in conducting was accomplished from James Dixon (Iowa).

Teaching

Perconti is Professor of Music at Lewis-Clark State College, in Lewiston Idaho, where he teaches a variety of courses in Music and the General Education core curriculum, including Music theory, Conducting, Jazz Band, Music Survey, and Introduction to the Fine & Performing Arts.  Under his direction the LCSC Jazz Band is a nine-time winner of the Open Division at the Hampton Jazz Festival, pulling down both Adjudicator’s Choice and Outstanding Band awards.  The Jazz Band has performed at jazz festivals, education conferences, schools, and community programs throughout the Northwest.  Perconti also commissioned and premiered Take One by Count Basie composer Sammy Nestico, written for the LCSC Jazz Band and now published by Jensen.