Fulbright Alumni Award 2019

The Swedish Fulbright Alumni of the Year 2019: Anders Paulsson
The award, given out by the Swedish Fulbright Alumni Association, honors a distinguished former Fulbright Scholar whose life’s work has served to further the mission of the Fulbright Program. In Senator Fulbright’s words,
“to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.”

Previous prize winners includes top diplomat Hans Blix and Swedish former Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson.

Fulbright Alumni AwardWith Risa Rosenberg WWF, US Ambassador Clifford G. Bond and Silvia Ulloa chairwoman of the Fulbright Alumni Association.

A great honor to be selected as Fulbright Alumni of the year 2019 for my musical international bridge building of reconciliation and biosphere stewardship. My acceptance speech:




French Recital

Live recording at Musikaliska Concert House, Stockholm, August 7, 2018
Anders Paulsson – soprano saxophone
Magnus Svensson – piano
Video production by Markus Heggestad
Page turner: Josefine Mindus
Francis Poulenc Sonata (1962)

Lili Boulanger D´un Matin de Printemps (1918)
Assez animé

Claude Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie opus 116 (1910)
Reveusement lent – Scherzando
César Franck Sonata in A-major (1886)
Allegretto ben moderatoAllegro
Recitativo / FantasiaAllegretto poco mosso

Paulsson´s Aho CD ​receives highest possible score: 10/10/10

Paulsson´s Aho CD receives highest possible score: 10/10/10
“Paulsson as a soloist confidently holds together the slowly increasing drama in a sovereign way.https://nordische-musik.de/
“In 2014-15 Aho wrote a concerto for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra for Swedish saxophonist Anders Paulsson, who recently played the posthumous premiere of the soprano saxophone version of Anders Eliasson’s Grand Third Symphony. This concerto shines with intense exploration of structurally and atmospherically strong contrasting episodes. It begins with an expressive solo singing accompanied by atmospheric sound in an oriental-like manner, including micro-intervals and glissandi coloring, and then turns into a wild Presto. This is followed by an introspective Largo of ‘Misterioso’ character and a turbulent-bizarre, even polytonal humorous finale, which ends in an epilogue, which draws the bow back to the beginning. Anders Paulsson is as flawless as the Rovaniemi Lapland Chamber Orchestra under its longtime director John Storgårds.”
Christoph Schlüren [28.12.2017] KLASSIK_HEUTE
Kalevi Aho Soprano Saxophone Concerto recording with Lapland Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds is now available for studio quality download:



Classical CD review:

The Kalevi Aho Concerto for soprano sax, created for – and played here by – Anders Paulsson. This new work combines virtuosity with a more thoughtful, somewhat mellow character. And, as so often with Aho, head isn’t pursued at the expense of heart. Indeed, there’s plenty of the latter in Paulsson’s account of the taxing, yet extraordinarily expressive solo part. Goodness, I haven’t heard such accomplished, sure-footed playing since Branford Marsalis in American Spectrum and Massimo Giacchetti in Between Two Worlds. (Both were Recordings of the Month.)


A great new concerto for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra by Kalevi Aho:

The work is devoted to Anders Paulsson, whose delicate, ECM-style interpretation style has guided the concerto.
Paulsson is loaded with all the necessary intensity and he carries the melodies gloriously.
He also realizes multiplayer features chordically and naturally. It is probably thanks also to Aho, who is always familiar with the solo instruments.
The role of the Chamber Orchestra in the concerto
is to create mysterious shades of watercolors and to engage in dialogue with bright secco solos, and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra does really well.”

-Kare Eskola, Yle Klassinen, October 6, 2017

“Anders Paulsson has developed Soprano Saxophone playing to an unprecedented, sensational top level!”

– Kalevi Aho, Finnish Composer, October 4, 2017

Cher Anders,
J’ai reçu ce matin ton dernier disque. Je viens de l’écouter. Il est magnifique ! L’œuvre me plait beaucoup et j’apprécie à l’extrême ce que tu en fais. Je suis fier de toi ! C’est comme toujours impeccable, et tu entretiens la poésie de cette belle œuvre de la première à la dernière note. Oui ! C’est superbe d’intelligence musicale, de compréhension, de maîtrise de jeu, de beauté de son.
Je suis heureux d’avoir cet enregistrement. Merci de me l’avoir fait connaître. 
Jean-Marie LONDEIX
Legendary French Saxophone Professor
September 13, 2017

Pop Jazz debut recording GUARDIAN ANGEL

Many times in my life I have felt the presence of Guardian Angels that have kept me safe from danger and that have also inspired my creativity. This release is my first collaboration with Grammy Award winning studio wizard Pål Svenre and more is to come.
This is my debut smooth pop jazz recording:


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Anders Paulsson – Guardian Angel

Piazzolla Tangos with Swedish Royal Navy Band

Dear Music Lovers!
I am really excited to announce the digital release of these excellent recordings with the Swedish Royal Navy Band conducted by Petter Sundkvist performing Astor Piazzolla tangos with me:



Astor Piazzolla – Libertango

Astor Piazzolla – Milonga for Three

Astor Piazzolla – Adiós Nonino




Recorded and produced by Lars Nilsson NILENTO

New Concerto with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

I am feeling delighted and proud to announce my first recording with the
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Petter Sundkvist

Concerto for Soprano Saxophone & Orchestra by Jonathan Sheffer.
Huge gratitude to everybody involved !


Gratitude to Nelson Mandela

Gratitude to Nelson Mandela who showed the world how we can all coexist peacefully. We love You!
Let us honour him by following his example to the best of our abilities.
My gratitude for this great honour to compose CELEBRATION SUITE
for South Africa Celebrating 20 years of Democracy.
We are going on tour next summer!

MIAGI, Music is a great Investment, South Africa presented New Skool Orchestra at the Musaion, Pretoria 26 September 2013

Tshepo Tsotetsi – alto saxophone & conductor

Anders Paulsson – soprano saxophone & composer


Virtuosen Anders Paulsson träffar rätt i Svenska Konserter för Sopransaxofon!

CD-revyn sätter betyg på Anders Paulsson

Söndag 20 januari 2013

I panelen Boel Adler och Sofia Nyblom som tillsammans med programledaren Johan Korssell diskuterade och betygsatte skivor:

Veckans toppnotering blev sopransaxofonkonserter med solisten Anders Paulsson och musik av Rolf Martinsson, Sven-David Sandström och Anders Eliasson. Phono Suecia PSCD 188.

Svenska konserter för sopransaxofon
Musik av Rolf Martinsson, Sven-David Sandström och Anders Eliasson
Anders Paulsson, sopransaxofon
Norrlandsoperans SO, Norrköpings SO, Helsingborgs SO
fem radioapparater

Boel 5, Sofia 5, Johan 5 – Veckans totalfemma!
CD-revyn sätter betyg på Anders Paulsson


GOLDEN HARMONY world premiere


Footage from the world premiere performance of
– the Rolf Martinsson concerto for soprano saxophone and orchestra dedicated to Anders Paulsson.
September 6, 2012, with NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph Altstaedt
and recorded on CD by Phono Suecia.
Co-commissioned by DalaSinfoniettan.

Anders Paulsson: Sopransaxofonkonserter

Publicerad 2012-11-21 10:14

Sopransaxofon i harmoniskt uruppförande

Ett verk med stor skönhet och överraskande effekter bjöds i uruppförande under torsdagens konsert på Norrlandsoperan.


Golden Harmony
Dirigent: Christoph Altstaedt Solist: Anders Paulsson, sopransaxofon
Norrlandsoperans Symfoniorkester

Sopransaxofon är en familjens minsta instrument stämd en oktav över den större tenorsaxofonen. Vid gårdagskvällens välbesökta konsert med Norrlandsoperans symfoniorkester och den tyske dirigenten Christoph Altstaedt på pulten var Anders Paulsson solist. Han är förmodligen den första musikern i världen med en solistkarriär på detta i konsertsammanhang relativt sällsynta instrument.

Han har spelat bland annat med Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester och nu specialskrivet för vår egen i ett uruppförande av Rolf Martinssons (f 1956) konsert Golden Harmony.

Att Anders Paulsson också är jazzmusiker märks i de jazziga passager som förekommer i ett verk med stor skönhet och överraskande effekter.

Han spelade solostämman dessutom utan direkt notstöd vilket imponerar. Styckets första del symboliserar verkligen titeln, då undersköna harmonier och nästan naturlyriska passager fångar lyssnaren och den andra delen i ett hastigare tempo, suggestivt och med en enastående färgpalett!

Bengt Hultman