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Philipp Gerschlauer is a saxophonist, composer and musical thinker. He is a pioneer in combining microtonal elements and jazz. He has divided the octave into 128 notes on the saxophone and in his compositions. Besides playing, he teaches clinics at universities around the globe. Philipp Gerschlauer is considered to be one of the leading microtonal saxophonists in the world.
In order to develop a microtonal organ and to conquer new territory, in 2018 he began to learn the church organ. He now performs concerts in which he plays saxophone and organ simultaneously.    He has published a fingering chart for saxophone which includes around 600 microtonal fingerings.
His talent was recognized early on and while he was at school he was accepted to study classical saxophone at the Music University of Frankfurt/Main at the age of 16. He graduated from the Jazzinstitut Berlin and moved to New York City to complete his master´s degree at the New York University.  As bandleader he has recorded several CDs with his band Besaxung, which was followed by "Miꓘrojazz - neue eXpressionistische Musik" (David Fiuczynski, Jack DeJohnette, Matt Garrison, Giorgi Mikadze / RareNoise Records). This record was internationally widely acclaimed and voted the 2nd best jazz album in 2017 by "The New York City Jazz Record".  He received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation, the German Student Exchange Service (DAAD), the New York University and the German Research Center in Venice (3 months).
He is a faculty member of the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK) and the University of Applied Science Osnabrück.

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