Eugene Rousseau has established himself as one of the leading saxophone performers and pedagogues in the world today. Currently a member of the artist faculty of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota, he is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His many students have distinguished themselves as university professors and superb performers throughout the world. He has received prestigious guest professor appointments at the Paris Conservatory, the Hochschule für Musik of Vienna, Arizona State, and the Universities of Iowa, Nebraska, and North Texas. Eugene Rousseau has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the world, including the Minnesota, Indianapolis Symphony, BBC, Bavarian Radio, Prague Symphony, Kansai Philharmonic, and Austrian Radio orchestras. His performances have been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, Adventures in Good Music, and has been interviewed on Morning Edition.
In 1969 Rousseau co-founded the World Saxophone Congress, the first such organization for an individual instrument, considered by many to be a major turning point in establishing credibility for the saxophone as a serious medium of musical expression. The North American Saxophone Alliance honored him with its highest award – Honorary Life Membership. Eugene Rousseau attended the Chicago Musical College, Northwestern University, and earned the Ph.D. in Music Literature and Peformance at the University of Iowa, where his principal teacher was Dr. Himie Voxman. In 1960 Rousseau was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study the saxophone with Marcel Mule at the Paris Conservatory. During this time Rousseau also had the opportunity to study wind acoustics with the eminent Charles Houvenaghel. In 1964, he was appointed to the faculty of the School of Music at Indiana University, where he taught for 36 years. While at Indiana, he was for twenty years the chief consultant for saxophone research and development for the Yamaha Corporation of Japan.