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Joel Diegert

Visiting Assistant Professor - Saxophone

Joel Diegert is an internationally active saxophonist with a wide range of musical interests. He has achieved international success as a founding member of FIVE SAX, an ensemble that performs an entertaining show combining musical performance with humor and theatrical elements. The Vienna-based saxophone quintet has performed over 100 times around the world in Europe, Asia, South America and the US. In 2015 they released their debut CD, Five Sax at the Movies, and 2018 will see the release of their DVD, Sax Voyage.


In parallel to his active performing schedule, Joel's interest in contemporary music led him to pursue his doctoral research on the topic "Extending the Saxophone via Live Electronics." This five-year long artistic research project brought him to collaborate with composer Adrián Artacho in order to develop a performer-centric approach to working with real-time electronics processing. His dissertation on the topic is forthcoming in 2018, with his defense planned in October at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.


Joel was winner of the 2005 NASA classical competition, prize-winner of the 2011 Jean-Marie Londeix Competition, and prize-winner of 2011 Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition. He has performed with internationally-renowned ensembles, including Musikfabrik (Cologne), Phace (Vienna), and the Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra, and at a long list of international concert venues and festivals.


Joel's musical adventures have brought him from the US to Paris, Vienna and Graz, and his primary saxophone teachers were Lars Mlekusch, Gerald Preinfalk, Vincent David, Jean-Michel Goury, John Sampen, Steven Mauk and April Lucas. He also greatly benefitted from a year of chamber music studies under members of the Altenberg Trio: Claus-Christian. 

Joel is an endorsing artist for Selmer and D'Addario, performing on Selmer saxophones and mouthpieces, and D'Addario reeds.