Praised for his “extreme virtuosity” (Philadelphia Inquirer), his “elegant and pure sound” (Saxophone Journal), and as “versatile and virtuosic” (Fanfare Magazine), American saxophonist Timothy Ruedeman is active as a soloist, collaborator, orchestral musician, and woodwind doubler.
Performing highlights from recent seasons include an appearance as soloist for the New York Philharmonic CONTACT! series performing Franco Donatoni’s Hot for solo sopranino/tenor saxophone and ensemble; performance for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Celebrating Sax: Adolphe Sax bicentenary exhibit; radio broadcast for WWFM Classical with the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet; Lincoln Center Festival; Mostly Mozart Festival; featured guest artist at soundScape festival in Macagno, Italy; appearances on the Good Morning America, Late Show with David Letterman and Live! with Kelly and Michael; and as a pit musician for the Broadway Show Escape to Margaritaville.
Winner of the 2004 Olga Koussevitzky Winds and Brass competition, Dr. Ruedeman has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Bridgeport Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, New Jersey Pops, Discovery Orchestra, Metro Chamber Orchestra, and Juilliard Symphony. He has appeared as soloist with the Greenwich Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Metamorphosis Orchestra, the S.E.M. Ensemble, Hanover Wind Symphony, University of Houston Winds, Rutgers Orchestra, Montclair State Wind Ensemble, and NYU Symphony.
A vital part of New York City’s new music scene, Dr. Ruedeman has performed with many of its premiere ensembles including the Absolute Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E), Argento Ensemble, American Composers Alliance, Composers Concordance, S.E.M. Ensemble, Wet Ink, North-South Consonance, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Imani Winds, and Cantori NY. He is a founding member of the new music ensemble Flexible Music and the Grammy-nominated New Hudson Saxophone Quartet and can be heard on recordings for the Naxos, Capstone, Bridge, Albany, New Focus, Ravello, CcnC, and Allegro labels. He has given the premieres of over sixty new works and has collaborated closely with established and emerging composers including Louis Andriessen, Lukas Foss, Eric Ewazen, and Nico Muhly, to name a few. Equally at home in commercial and jazz music Dr. Ruedeman has toured and recorded with Tony Bennett, The Cars, Todd Rundgren, Rostam of Vampire Weekend, M. Ward, David Foster, Diana Krall, Christopher Cross, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Hamilton Leithauser, Denny Laine of Wings, Paul Shaffer, and The Walkmen.
In addition to performing, Dr. Ruedeman is an active researcher and scholar and has presented research for the American Musical Instrument Society, New York Performing Arts Library, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and Nicholas Roerich Museum as part of his ongoing research and performance project Entartete Musik: Music and Composers Suppressed by the Third Reich.
Dr. Ruedeman serves on the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College – CUNY. He also serves on the faculties of NYU and William Paterson University and has been visiting faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and New York University.