Philipp Gerschlauer - Saxophone


About Philipp Gerschlauer

"Philipp Gerschlauer has done incredible research and organized the many possibilities for pitch and color alternate fingerings for the saxophone. The possibilities for expanding the saxophone's coloristic and expressive nuances are massive." (Dave Liebman)

About "Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik" (RareNoise Records)

"… a haunting and benchmark setting masterpiece which will in 40, 60, 100 years still be seen as revolutionary and astonishing - just as fresh as listening to Charlie Parker's recordings in 1945."

Matthias Entreß (independent journalist, DeutschlandRadio Kultur, DLF, WDR, HR)

"Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik" took microtonal music to new places, and there’s never a dull moment.

Somethingelse Reviews

"Gerschlauer succeeds to turn over an absolute new leaf of Jazz/Rock. What more could one want? Chapeau!"

(Wolf Kampmann, author Reclam's jazz lexicon)

"The quintet doesn't try to tear down harmonic borders but it tries to conquer new harmonic virgin soil."

Süddeutsche Zeitung

"What a mind-blowing album this is!’s your chance to be some of the first ones on board."

Dave Tremblay,

“This is music that is redolent of often ecstatic earthy celebration; a coming together of the natural and the supernatural worlds. It is thrillingly sensuous music of bright acoustic (electric and electronic) colours and resonant fades.” Raul Da Gama Rose, Jazzdagama

“Lyrical ... uncanny ... oddly beautiful ... sounds like The Grateful

Dead on varispeed”


"…provocative and inviting"


Philipp Gerschlauer started to play Saxophone at the age of seven. Shortly after he also picked up piano. His immense talent was soon recognized and by the age of 16 he was invited to study classical Saxophone at the Music University of Frankfurt/Main. He also became a member of the Youth Jazz Orchestra of the federal district of Hessen. His band »Besaxung« won the German national youth jazz competition and he also collected a special Soloist prize. He also won the Jazz award of the city of Heidelberg. In 2010 the German public broadcasting radio station appointed him to represent Germany in the "European Jazz Orchestra". Philipp Gerschlauer toured in more than twenty countries in the world. In the year 2012 he graduated at the famous Jazzinstitut Berlin where he studied with Peter Weniger, Greg Cohen and Kurt Rosenwinkel. In 2012 he was awarded with scholarships of the German National Academic Foundation, the German Student Exchange Service (DAAD) and the New York University and moved to New York. Since 2014 he is holding a master’s degree in Jazz from the New York University, where he studied with drummer Tony Moreno, Saxophonists Chris Potter and Billy Drews as well as Vibraphonist Stefon Harris. He plays all saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute. He recorded several CDs as a leader and sideman. His latest CD project includes Jack DeJohnette, Dave Fiucynski, Matthew Garrison and Giorgi Mikadze. In his music Philipp Gerschlauer combines microtonal harmonies and scales with jazz rhythms and groove. He is dividing the octave into 128 notes based on the eighth octave of the overtone series. He developed a unique fingering chart for Saxophone which includes around 650 microtonal fingerings. He is teaching clinics for microtonal Saxophone at Universities such as the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the University of Arts Berlin, University of Dresden and the Jazzinstitut Berlin. Philipp Gerschlauer is considered to be one of the leading microtonal Saxophonists in the world.


German Youth Jazz Competition "Jugend Jazzt" 2009

Special Soloist Price "Jugend Jazzt" 2009

"Jazz Me" - Award Heidelberg


Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

New York University talent's pool


In 2010, the German national radio station (Deutschlandfunk) appointed me to be a part of the "European Jazz Orchestra