James Houlik

"The world's great saxophone virtuoso."

-The London Daily Mail

James Houlik is the leading performer on his instrument in the world. His pioneering efforts on behalf of the tenor saxophone have resulted in the composition of more than one hundred new concert works for the instrument, and important performances around the world. From the East Room of the White House, to solo appearances with orchestras in London, Prague, Istanbul, Berlin, Chicago, Phoenix, and New York, to recitals in the music capitals of the world, James Houlik has redefined the role of the tenor saxophone.

He has worked closely with many composers to foster the development of a repertoire for his previously neglected instrument. Among the more than 100 pieces composed for are concerti by Robert Ward, Morton Gould, David Ott, Sherwood Shaffer, Eric Ewazen, Walter S. Hartley, Russell Peck, Paul Harvey, Vache Sharafran, as well as dozens with band, piano, and in chamber settings.

Through the years, James Houlik has appeared in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall in Toronto, The Smithsonian Institution, and London’s Barbican. He regularly visits university campuses throughout the United States as a performer and as a teacher of clinics and master classes.

The James Houlik Saxophone Retreat is a remarkable gathering of motivated saxophonists who come together to improve their performance skills, and to share a unique musical experience with like minded souls.

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James Houlik Saxophone Mouthpieces are now available!

Currently available for alto and tenor, James Houlik mouthpieces provide the qualities that so many players hope for.

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