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Cole Knutson


Cole Knutson is a versatile musician with specializations in song, chamber music, and classical saxophone. He has appeared on the CBC and in recital in throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe including the Wien Musikverein and the Theatre an der Wien in Vienna, Austria. As a classical saxophonist, he has served as principal saxophonist with the International Youth Wind Orchestra, The National Youth Band of Canada, and the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Cole has additionally studied and received masterclasses from artists such as, Helmut Deutsch, Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, András Schiff, Roger Vignoles, Andreas Schmidt, Michael McMahon, and Wolfram Rieger.

In 2017, Cole was awarded Second Prize at the National Music Festival of Canada following his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of twenty. He is a laureate of the 2017 & 2018 Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria and is a graduate from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Cole now studies at the Guildhall School for Music & Drama under Julius Drake and Eugene Asti. His artistic endeavours have received continuous support through the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Art Song Foundation of Canada, and is grateful towards the Guildhall Trust for their support.

Last updated: Jul 2020