Saturday 29 June, 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Kenneth Myer Auditorium, The Ian Potter Southbank Centre, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Ticket Price
Adult: $35
Concession: $25

World-renowned musicians Vincent David and Nikita Zimin make their Australian debut at the 2019 Melbourne International Saxophone Festival.

Featuring a variety of new works, this concert is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the greatest saxophone players around the world.


Vincent David is the leader of a generation of saxophonists who develops the musical and technical possibilities of his instrument. Having won three international awards during his studies, he is an accomplished and complete musician. It is the source of many creations such as Dialogue de l’ombre double by Pierre Boulez , Troisième round by Bruno Mantovani and Trame XIII by Martin Matalon.

As soloist, he has performed with Philharmonique Orchestra of Radio France, National Orchestra of Toulouse’s Capitole, National Orchestra of Strasbourg, Orchestra of Suisse Romande, Ensemble Inter Contemporain, Tapiola Sinfonietta of Helsinki , Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonique Orchestra of Stuttgart, Navy Band Orchestra of Washington, Camerata Aberta of Sao Paulo, Musica Assoluta of Hannover. Scottish Chamber Orchestra, TM+, Court-Circuit.

He has collaborated with many composers Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Gérard Grisey, Philippe Hurel, Michael Jarrell, Mauro Lanza, Philippe Leroux, Bruno Mantovani, Martin Matalon , Yann Maresz, Marc Monnet, Yann Robin, Alberto Posadas. Since 1998, he has worked with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Jonathan Nott, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, Suzanna Mälkki, Peter Rundel. Pierre-André Valade, Pascal Rophé, Mathias Pinscher and Bruno Mantovani.

He is also directed in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France by Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Spivakov and the Orchestra of the Paris Opera by Jeffrey Tate.

Composer and conductor, he has composed for his instrument, solo pieces such as « Sillage » and « Échos éclatés » for soprano sax, « Pulse » and « Éclats d’échos » for alto saxophone, « Mirages » for soprano saxophone and piano », and a concerto « Reflets » for alto sax and orchestra. He has also wrote Jazz duets and quartets.

He is also active in improvised music (jazz, contemporary) through encounters with musicians such as Pierrick Pedron, Christophe Monniot, Jean-Charles Richard, Stepahane Guillaume and Baptiste Herbin sometimes giving rise to recordings (Vivaldi Universal and Crossover). In 2012, he founded the jazz quartet ” Fireworks” and composes regularly for the ensemble.

Vincent David has taken numerous master classes, and is a recognized teacher throughout the world. Vincent lives music with relish, joy and passion, supported by mastering the saxophone and its extensive playing


Nikita Zimin is one of the brightest representatives of the Russian classical school of saxophone.

A graduate of the Russian Gnesin’s Academy of Music (class of People Artist of Russia, Professor Margarita Shaposhnikova) and Paris National Conservatoire (class of Professor Claude Delangle), Nikita is also the winner of more than 20 national and international competitions.

Since 2007 – 2013 he was a scholarship-holder of  Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation. He is a scholar of the President of Russia, the French Government, the Mayer Foundation. Since 2013 Nikita is the official representative and artist of the company “Selmer-Paris” and in 2014 Nikita became the President of the All-Russian Association of saxophonists.

Nikita Zimin gives recitals, both in Russia and abroad (Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, USA, Korea, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan), and gives master classes.

Vincent David and Nikita Zimin will be accompanied by pianist, Peter de Jager.


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