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Dr. Timothy Ruedeman

Adjunct Professor of Saxophone, Department of Music

BA Oberlin CollegeMM New York UniversityPhD New York University


Praised for his “elegant and pure sound” (Saxophone Journal) and noted as “versatile and virtuosic” (Fanfare Magazine), American Saxophonist Timothy Ruedeman is active as a soloist, collaborator, and orchestral musician throughout the US and Internationally.  “Tim Ruedeman’s saxophone solos proved the extreme virtuosity required for playing slowly and softly, the intricacy of holding a tone.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Recent performing highlights include: soloist for the New York Philharmonic CONTACT! series Franco Donatoni’s Hot for solo sopranino/tenor saxophone and ensemble, Metropolitan Museum of Art Celebrating Sax: Adolphe Sax bicentenary exhibit, radio broadcast for WWFM Classical with the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, and a recording of Henry Cowell’s Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 18 for soprano and contrabass saxophones. Among other recent highlights are performances at the Lincoln Center Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, soundScape festival in Macagno, Italy, Kennedy Center, Late Show with David Letterman, Imani Winds Festival, and the Bang On A Can Marathon. 

An avid orchestral player Dr. Ruedeman has performed with the NY Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Bridgeport Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, New Jersey Pops, Discovery Orchestra, and Juilliard Symphony and has appeared as soloist with Greenwich Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Metamorphosis Orchestra, the S.E.M. Ensemble, Hanover Wind Symphony, 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 contemporary music ensembles: Absolute Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, American Composers Alliance, Composer Concordance, S.E.M. Ensemble, Wet Ink, North-South Consonance, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and Cantori NY.  He is a founding member of Flexible Music and the 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 rock and Indie lengends The Cars, Todd Rundgren, M. Ward, David Foster, Christopher Cross, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Denny Laine of Wings, Paul Shaffer, and the Walkmen.

In addition to performing, Mr. Ruedeman is an active researcher and scholar and has presented research for the American Musical Instrument Society, New York Performing Arts Library, and Nicholas Roerich Museum, and has an ongoing research and performance project Entartete Musik: Degenerate Music, music banned by the Third Reich.

Winner of the 2004 Olga Koussevitzky Winds and Brass competition (NYC) Dr. Ruedeman has served on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, NYU, William Paterson University, and Long Island University.


Lyric-form Archetype and the Early Works for Saxophone Quartet, 1844-1928 (2008), PhD Dissertation, UMI


  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, “Celebrating Sax Exhibit: Bi-centenary of the birth of Adolphe Sax
  • American Musical Instrument Society: Presentation and Demonstration of Original Adolphe Sax Instruments
  • Soundscape Festival, Macagno, Italy: Featured Guest Performer and Faculty
  • NYU Summer Woodwind Intensive, NY: Co-Director of Saxophone Institute for high-school and college saxophonists.
  • Concerts, and Lecture Presentations on Entartete Musik: Degenerate Music, Music Banned by the Third Reich: Temple B’nai Torah Wantagh, NY, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio, Nicholas Roerich Museum, NY.
  • Selected Master Classes: Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, William and Mary, American University, Syracuse University, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Bowdoin College, Tulane University, University of Houston, Kean University, Newark Arts HS.


Selected Recordings:       

  • Music of Dimitri Tymoczko, Flexible Music, Bridge Records 2016
  • Henry Cowell Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 18, Naxos 2016
  • Jeff Scott: The Gift of Life- The Urban Classical Music Project, CD Baby 2015
  • Breathing Lessons, New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, NAXOS 2011
  • Andrew Waggoner: Terror and Memory, Flexible Music, Albany Records 2011
  • The Music of Steve Ricks, Flexible Music, Bridge Records 2011
  • Quartet at the Crossroads, New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, Ravello 2010
  • FM, Flexible Music, New Focus Recordings 2009
  • A Concert of Music by Allen Brings, Flexible Music 2008
  • Sustenance, Flexible Music, New Focus Recordings 2007
  • Nicholas Flagello: Concerto Sinfonico, New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, NAXOS 2006
  • Pussy Cats Starring The Walkmen, Record Collection 2006
  • Architectonics, Absolute Ensemble, Ccn’C 2001
  • America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax Volume VII, New Hudson Saxophone
  • Quartet, University of Arizona Recordings 2001
  • The American Muse, New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, Allegro Records 2001
  • America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax Volume V, New Hudson Saxophone
  • Quartet, University of Arizona Recordings 2000