"Graced with a versatile and engaging saxophone...intensely musical."

Barbara Heins // Greenwich Patch

"The listener is in for an exciting musical ride."

Paul Wagner // Saxophone Journal

"Ibrahim completely captivated the audience through the sheer virtuosity and musical intensity of his playing."

Kenneth Delong // Calgary Herald

"Blew high, keening melodies and murmured multiphonics."

Steve Smith // New York Times

"Realizing timbral and orchestral complexity with a clarity and elegance that allows the details to resonate."

Jason Bivins // Dusted Magazine



December 28, 2014

"The listener is in for an exciting musical ride." - Saxophone Journal Praised for his "sheer virtuosity and musical intensity" (Calgary Herald), Canadian saxophonist Michael Ibrahim is a soloist, collaborator, and clinician active throughout the US and internationally.

At the center of New York City's contemporary music scene, Ibrahim has worked with ensembles including Amp Music, Either/Or, Fireworks Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Manhattan Sinfonietta, PRISM Quartet, Red Light New Music, SEM Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, and Wet Ink. His solo and chamber music performances have taken place in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Symphony Space, and the Kitchen. In NYC, Ibrahim gave the US Premiere of solo pieces such as Stockhausen's Edentia, Boulez's Dialogue de l'ombre double, and Robin Hoffmann's Birkhahn-Studie for black grouse hunting call. In Chicago, with the Anubis Saxophone Quartet and violist Nadia Sirota, he gave the US Premiere of Georges Aperghis' Crosswind in 2013.

He has won numerous competitions including the North American Saxophone Alliance Classical Artist Competition, the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition for Woodwinds, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, the MTNA Woodwind Collegiate Artist and Chamber Music Competitions, and a Darmstadt Performance Prize for Contemporary Music.

Ibrahim studied at the Manhattan School of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts), Bowling Green State University, the Université Européenne de Saxophone in France, the University of Calgary, and the University of Regina. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Calgary, and Mount Royal College, and is currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at West Virginia University, where he received the Outstanding Teaching Award for the School of Music (2010) and the Outstanding Teaching with Technology Award (2015). He has taught internationally at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in Thailand, and at the SaxArt Festival in Faenza, Italy. In 2009, he published the book New Aesthetics in Contemporary Saxophone Music. His solo and chamber recordings appear on the Cala, Carrier, Mint, Newfangled, Omninova, and Teal Creek Music labels.

This season, Ibrahim performs as a soloist with the US Navy Band at the International Saxophone Symposium in January; as a Big XII Faculty Fellow, will tour seven universities giving solo recitals and master classes in March; and will premiere a new concerto by Alex Mincek at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France in July.

Michael Ibrahim is a Conn-Selmer Artist and performs on Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively. He is also a D'Addario Performing Artist and performs exclusively on D'Addario Reserve Classic saxophone reeds.