Internationally renowned performer and teacher of the saxophone, Douglas Masek is sought after by orchestras and concert series to perform concertos and solo recitals on stage throughout six continents. His performances, which have emphasized versatility in a wide range of musical styles, from classical and contemporary to jazz, have consistently garnered critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times stated that Masek’s playing is “smooth, sinuous, and glowing with the requisite rich color.”
The Daily Review in Oakland, California, wrote that “Masek plays with dazzling virtuosity,” while The Outlook in Santa Monica, California, declared that “Masek’s performance was marvelous, his control was almost uncanny, extraordinary musicianship.” Pamina Concerts in Barcelona, Spain, adds that “Masek’s playing is always exquisite and full of feeling and musicality.” In South Africa, The Argus wrote “Masek’s tone: beautiful and pure,” and the Cape Times added “dynamic and magical.”
Having received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and his MM degree from Ohio State University, Dr. Masek completed his academic education with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, where he taught from 1975-1995. In 1996 he was a visiting Professor of clarinet and saxophone at the University of Cape Town. Additionally, Douglas is a Vandoren Elite Artist, performing and lecturing nationwide at schools, colleges, and universities.
With extensive concert touring in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, Masek is a frequent guest performer at the prestigious Stellenbosch Music Festival, and was featured soloist at the American Music Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He has also performed as soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, Ojai Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Idyllwild Arts Academy. Additional performances include featured solo appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Symphony in the Glen, New West Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Los Angeles Opera Company, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Cape Town Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, KwaZulu-Natal Symphony, Transvaal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has performed with notable conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano, Placido Domingo, John Mauceri, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Jorge Mester, David Robertson, Giselle Ben-Dor, Rachael Worby, JoAnn Falletta, Marin Alsop, Arthur Rubinstein, Boris Brott, Grant Gershon, Richard Cock, Carlo Franci, Hubert Soudant, Paul Freeman, Allan Stephenson, Chris Dowdeswell, and Bernhard Gueller. Having had numerous compositions written exclusively for him, Masek’s discography includes seven CD solo collections; Distant Memories, Windwood, Recrudescence, Saxvoir Faire, Saxtronic Soundscape, Saxophone Alternative, andEclectSax.
Masek has also recorded for Centaur, Albany, Cambria, Atlantic, Koch International, Stereophile, Summit, and Philips Classics recording companies. He continues to perform on motion picture sound tracks for Sony, Warner, Paramount, Universal, Disney and 20th Century, along with television and radio broadcasts.