PLANETHUGILL.COM, 7. JAN 2018
"Featuring the alto saxophonist, Xavier Larsson Paez, his raw, agressive and virtuosic playing was simply thrilling to listen to. An extraordinary-talented musician (...) But more was to come from this Young Giant who has a promising career ahead of him as he was also the featured soloist in Harrison Birtwisle's inspired work, Panic, the second item on the program. Already, I didn't want this concert to end."
- Tony Cooper -
OSTFRIESEN-ZEITUNG, 6. MAR 2018
"What followed then was a musical Furioso never heard before in the town of Emden. (...)By producing frenetic applause and cheers, the audience managed to get an "encore" by the soloist who played with musical artistry, almost driving the hall in dizziness."
- Werner Zwarte -
KÖLNER STADT-ANZEIGER, 9. JAN 2018
"Harrison Birtwistle's Panic at the London "Last night of the Proms", 1995 (...) not an easy task for the magnificent saxophonist Xavier Larsson Paez (...)"
- Stefan Rütter -
Xavier Larsson is D'Addario woodwinds artist
Born in 1991 on the island of Menorca, Xavier Larsson started playing the violin and later switched to the saxophone. He recived his Konzertexamen at the Musikhochschule Köln with distinction (Prof. Daniel Gauthier) and additionally a master degree in New Music (Prof. David Smeyers).
Meanwhile, he teaches at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy and the saxophone ensemble at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu in Barcelona.
As a soloist he has performed in concert halls such as the Wiener Musikverein, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid.
Xavier Larsson has been awarded with first prizes for his virtuoso and multifaceted playing at national and international music competitions, including the Classic Winds International Festival 2016 Cologne/Bonn in Germany, the SaxoVoce 2016 in France, the 10th Intermusica Competition in Austria, the 8th Michal Spisak Competition and 2nd International Saxophone Music Competition Lodz in Poland, the Critic's Prize of El Primer Palau 2010 and the Concurso Permanente Jóvenes Intérpretes Jeunesses Musicales 2009 in Spain. He is also a prizewinner of the 3rd International Saxophone Competition JM Londeix in Thailand.
Xavier has been supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Hezekiah Wardwell Scholarship, the Märkische Kultur Konferenz, the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, the Agustí Pedro y Pons Foundation and the Ferrer Salat Foundation.
In addition to his solo career, he is active in several ensembles, such as the Fukio saxophone quartet and the trio SpiegelBild (piano and accordion).
In 2012 he released his debut album "Sax Time" with works by Edison Denisov, Takashi Yoshimatsu, David Salleras, Carlos Cruz de Castro and Bruno Mantovani.