Duo Montagnard

Duo Montagnard was formed in 2002 and has performed over 300 concerts in all 50 states, 20 countries on 6 continents. Festival performances include the Chautauqua Institution, Scandinavian Saxophone Festival and North-West University New Music Week (South Africa). The duo has commissioned, premiered and recorded more than 40 works. Joseph Murphy has been the saxophone professor at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania since 1987, where he has also served as Department Chair and Director of Bands. He received the bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University (OH), and Master and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees from Northwestern University. He received a Fulbright Award for a year of study in Bordeaux (France), where he received a Premier Prix. He is a clinician for the Selmer Corporation. Murphy has been involved in commissioning and premiering more than fifty new works for the saxophone, including pieces by Libby Larsen, Michael Colgrass, John Harbison, Bernard Rands and Gunther Schuller. Guitarist Matthew Slotkin is an acclaimed performer, teacher and scholar, and has appeared in venues on six continents. A commitment to contemporary music has resulted in premieres of works by composers Linda Buckley, John Anthony Lennon, Scott Lindroth and John Orfe. Recordings on Summit, Centaur and Liscio labels have been praised  as "a magnificent achievement". Slotkin directs the guitar program at Bloomsburg University and has given masterclasses at Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University, Victorian College of the Arts (Australia), ESMAE (Portugal), National University of La Plata (Argentina) and the Alexandria Guitar Festival. He received the Bachelor, Master  and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied guitar with Nicholas Goluses.

Joseph Murphy, saxophone
Matthew Slotkin, guitar



  • Jul 12 2018

    Duo Montagnard


    Baljinder Sekhon (1980): Balancing Act
    Gregory Wanamaker (1968): Taking Turns - Wind up, wind down, Slowly Turning, Spin

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