is an internationally active saxophonist with a wide range of musical interests. He has achieved international success as a founding member of FIVE SAX. Diegert's current interest in contemporary music led him to pursue his doctoral research. He was a winner of the 2005 NASA classical competition, prize-winner of the 2011 Jean-Marie Londeix Competition and prize-winner of 2011 Gaudeamus Competition. He has performed with internationally-renowned ensembles, such as Musikfabrik (Cologne), Phace (Vienna), and the Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra. His primary saxophone teachers were Lars Mlekusch, Vincent David, Jean-Michel Goury, John Sampen, Steven Mauk and April Lucas. Diegert holds the position of visiting professor of saxophone at West Virginia University for the 2017-18 academic year. The Spanish-born composer Adrián Artacho
graduated with honors from the Vienna Konservatorium (Austria) in 2012 and has developed an international career since. His compositional work extends to a variety of areas such as music theater, dance & multimedia. After a postgraduate degree in electroacoustic composition with Karlheinz Essl, he is currently conducting a PhD research project in “Augmented Performance” at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna. He is an active performer of live electronics either solo or in different configurations, including visuals and a self-constructed musical instruments such as a Laser Harp. Adrián works as artistic director for several projects, including the “Sounds of Matter” international composition competition. Additionally, he is a composition teacher at the People’s University of Vienna (WieVolkshochschule) and artistic director of the arts platform “Neues Atelier”.
Joel Diegert, saxophone
Adrián Artacho, electronics