Joe Lulloff is among the most sought-after performance saxophone artists and clinicians working today. Acclaimed internationally for his innovative style and virtuosity, Joe has been described by colleague Branford Marsalis as "a marvelous musician [whose] knowledge of music, along with his ability to embrace music normally considered outside the sphere, makes him a joy to listen to." Joe performs regularly as a soloist in numerous prestigious concert venues throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Japan, as well as with leading symphony orchestras around the world.
Joe began playing saxophone at age seven and received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Michigan State University, where he is a professor of Saxophone Performance. He has received numerous awards for solo performance and pedagogy, including the Concert Artists Guild Award in 1985, which included his successful debut at Carnegie Hall, the 1987 Pro Musicis International Music Award, and the 1995 Teacher/Scholar Award from Michigan State.
He presents master classes at major universities and conservatories throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Japan. In addition to an active solo career, he has served as Principal Saxophonist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, and performs with the Grand Rapids and Lansing symphony orchestras. Equally adept with both classical and jazz repertoire, Joe is featured as a soloist and ensemble member in numerous recordings on the Arabesque, RCA, Albany, AUR, Veriatza, and Channel Classics labels. His premiere solo recording, "Interplay," features classical and contemporary saxophone works by Poulenc, Vaughan-Williams, Desenclos, Cooper, and Ruggiero.