Michael Couper, saxophone

Michael Couper

saxophonist | composer | conductor

Upcoming Performance:

Claremont UMC: Reconciling Sunday Celebration
Claremont United Methodist Church
May 17, 2020 9:30AM

Bio

Comprehensive Bio

Hailed by the New York Times for his “sweet intensity” and “insinuating smoothness,” modern saxophonist Michael Couper has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and Ryougoku Monten Hall in Tokyo. Dr. Couper was a finalist in the 2019 Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition and the prestigious 2015 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh competition. He plays with the San Diego and Modesto Symphonies, the Mimesis Ensemble in New York, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, and the San Diego Winds, among others. Dr. Couper performed the Tomasi Concerto with the San Bernardino Symphony in 2018 and has performed concerti with the Mimesis Ensemble, the USC Symphony Orchestra, the SDSU Wind Ensemble and the SDSU Orchestra. Under the pseudonym “Shrodinger’s Sax,” Dr. Couper plays soprano saxophone with the musically acrobatic and genre-defying band SWARMIUS, described as “a sonic fusion of hip-hop and house-lounge-techno meets modern-classical.”

Since the very beginning of his musical studies, Michael Couper has been torn between being a composer and a performer. In addition to an output that includes vocal music, chamber music, and an opera, he has worked with a multitude of composers and publishers as an arranger and orchestrator for small ensembles as well as large orchestras. His concertino for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra, Transcend, was premiered in January 2020 at Carnegie Hall by the critically acclaimed Mimesis Ensemble. Besides film and conventional orchestral music, he is fascinated with Electronic Dance Music, in particular Zedd and Armin Van Buuren.

Dr. Couper studied composition with Brent Dutton, Malcolm Peyton, and Frank Ticheli and has a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from USC. He has served on the faculty at CSU San Bernardino and San Diego State University, and is a Conn-Selmer Artist endorsing Yanagisawa saxophones.

Short Bio

Hailed by the New York Times for his “sweet intensity” and “insinuating smoothness,” modern saxophonist Michael Couper has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician at venues including the Seoul Arts Center, Merkin Hall, and Carnegie Hall, and is engaged by the San Diego, San Bernardino, and Modesto Symphonies, and the San Diego Opera, among others. Under the pseudonym “Shrodinger’s Sax”, Dr. Couper plays soprano saxophone with the musically acrobatic and genre-defying band SWARMIUS, described as “a sonic fusion of hip-hop and house-lounge-techno meets modern-classical.” Dr. Couper has served on the faculty at CSU San Bernardino and San Diego State University, and is a Conn-Selmer Artist endorsing Yanagisawa saxophones.

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Upcoming

May 17 2020

Claremont UMC: Reconciling Sunday Celebration

Claremont United Methodist Church, 9:30AM

Composition

May 18 2020

Glassworks with Monday Evening Concerts

Zipper Hall @ Colburn, 8:00

http://www.mondayeveningconcerts.org/51820---anne-carson-samuel-beckett-philip-glass.html

Ensemble Work

Jun 21 2020

Spring Recital

Claremont United Methodist Church, 2:00PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Jul 14 2020

CSSSA Faculty Concert

R.O. Disney Hall @ CalArts, 7:00PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Recent

Jan 31 2020

Another Day with the Mimesis Ensemble: Villa-Lobos Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone

Weill Recital Hall @ Carnegie Hall, 8:00PM

http://www.mimesisensemble.org/january-31-2020

Solo and Chamber Performing

Jan 31 2020

World Premiere: Fantasia by Michael Couper

Weill Recital Hall @ Carnegie Hall, 8:00PM

http://www.mimesisensemble.org/january-31-2020

Composition

Jan 25 2020

Pixar in Concert

Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto, CA, 2:00PM

https://www.modestosymphony.org/fy20events/pixar-in-concert-jan25

Ensemble Work

Jan 24 2020

Pixar in Concert

Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto, CA, 7:30PM

https://www.modestosymphony.org/fy20events/pixar-in-concert-jan24

Ensemble Work

Nov 12 2019

S-Tet @ Clairemont Library

N Clairemont Library, San Diego, 6:30

Solo and Chamber Performing

Aug 25 2019

S-Tet

Fallbrook, CA, 3PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Aug 24 2019

San Diego Symphony Salk Program - "Laura Benanti"

Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA, 8:00 PM

https://symphony.salk.edu/

Ensemble Work

Aug 23 2019

Bayside Summer Nights: Singin' in The Rain

San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park South, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

Jul 27 2019

Bayside Summer Nights: Hooray for Hollywood: A Night at the Oscars

San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park South, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

Jul 26 2019

Bayside Summer Nights: Hooray for Hollywood: A Night at the Oscars

San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park South, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

Jul 17 2019

CSSSA Faculty Recital

ROD, Cal Arts, Santa Clarita, CA, 7:00PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Jul 10 2019

SD Winds

Don Powell Hall, San Diego State University, 7:00PM

Ensemble Work

Jun 30 2019

Bayside Summer Nights: Rob Fisher

San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park South, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

Jun 21 2019

Day of Music Fullerton - Philip Glass Quartet

Villa del Sol, Fullerton, CA, 6:00PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Jun 1 2019

Monday Evening concerts: Philip Glass: Glassworks

DTLA, Walt Disney Concert Hall grounds

https://www.laphil.com/concerts-and-events/tickets-and-packages/noon-to-midnight/

Solo and Chamber Performing

May 26 2019

Reconciling Sunday: Premiere of Reconciling Fugue for saxophone and organ

Claremont UMC, 9:30AM

Composition

Feb 11 2019

Masterclass and Recital: The Ocean of Eternity

New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, Keller Room, 6:30-8:30 PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Feb 9 2019

World Premiere: Lori Laitman - Ocean of Eternity

Marc Scorca Hall, Opera America, NYC, 8:00 PM

https://www.smarttix.com/Event/oceC90

Solo and Chamber Performing

Feb 7 2019

Faculty Recital

Lee University, Chattanooga, TN, 8:00 PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Nov 17 2018

SoCal Saxophone Quartet

Ocean Beach Library, San Diego, CA

Solo and Chamber Performing

Oct 9 2018

SoCal Saxophone Quartet

Fredericka Manor, Chula Vista, CA

Solo and Chamber Performing

Aug 18 2018

Bayside Summer Nights: Aundi Marie Moore

San Diego Embarcadero, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

Aug 17 2018

Bayside Summer Nights: Aundi Marie Moore

San Diego Embarcadero, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

Aug 10 2018

Bayside Summer Nights: West Side Story

San Diego Embarcadero, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

Jul 28 2018

Bayside Summer Nights: Patti LaBelle

San Diego Embarcadero, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

Jul 10 2018

CSSSA Faculty Recital

ROD, California Institute for the Arts, 7:30PM

Solo and Chamber Performing

Jul 7 2018

Bayside Summer Nights: Megan Hilty

San Diego Embarcadero, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

Jul 6 2018

Bayside Summer Nights: Megan Hilty

San Diego Embarcadero, 7:30PM

Ensemble Work

May 27 2018

Reconciling Sunday 25th Anniversary

Claremont UMC, 9:30AM

Composition

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