An advocate for new music, saxophonist Phil Pierick has commissioned more than 25 new works and presented over 50 premieres in France, Germany, Austria, Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States. He is a member of a saxophone duo, Ogni Suono which has recently initiated SaxoVoce, a project exploring the wide-ranging possibilities of synthesizing saxophone and voice. The only saxophonist to receive prizes at both, the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition (2014) and the ISSAC International Saxophone Competition (2012), Pierick is also a three-time prizewinner at the MTNA National Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions (2009, 2011, 2012). He received Eastman School of Music’s 2014 Teaching Assistant Prize for his work as an instructor of chamber music at Eastman. Pierick teaches at The College of Wooster as Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone. He has a PhD of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, where he was also awarded both the Performer’s Certificate and Arts Leadership Program Certificate and served as teaching assistant to Chien-Kwan Lin. As a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar, Phil studied contemporary performance practice in Vienna with Lars Mlekusch. His Bachelor's and Master's degree are from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Debra Richtmeyer and held the position of saxophone teaching assistant. He additionaly studies in Paris with Jean-Michel Goury as a recipient of the 2009 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians.