Anders Paulsson / Press

“The world-leading classical soprano saxophonist”

The Observer

“The challenges for the soloist in Kalevi Aho’s concerto are numerous and highly difficult but Swede Anders Paulsson- one of the world’s most renowned saxophonists –surpassed all expectations -setting the standard of saxophone playing even higher.”

Anu Jormalainen - Lapin Kansa FINLAND

"Anders Paulsson performance at the Berliner Philharmonie was soulfully inspired, brilliant and delightful”

Deutsche Welle

“Swedish Concertos for Soprano Saxophone is a splendid recording - a real high”

Guy Rickards - Gramophone

“Paulsson briljerade med sin suveräna teknik och visade upp sitt instruments nästan obegränsade omfång.”

“The most beautiful sopranosax playing I've ever heard! A golden warm timbre in an enormous range!”

Upsala Nya Tidning

“Anders Paulsson was the star of the evening in the Berliner Philharmonie”

Neues Deutschland

“Anders Paulsson is a first-class master of his instrument whose free roaming interpretation and controlled sound delights the listener. ”

Reijo Paavola - Kymen Sanomat 21.10.2011

“Thank You for Your wonderful recording of Sequenza VIIB ! I hope we can meet and work together. Luciano Berio”

Luciano Berio - Private Letter

“Ich verneige mich tief vor Deinem Spiel auf höchsten Niveau, sei es überirdisch sinnlich-lyrisch oder vollkommen verrückt und virtuos und zügellos. Durch jeder einzelnen Deiner Töne schwingt die andere, die spirituelle Dimension, die Dein wahres Gesicht zeigt; das Gesicht des Meisters!”

Peter Werlen, Dirigent

“Es folgt die "Celebration Suite" des schwedischen Komponisten Anders Paulsson ‐ eine Hommage an den Freiheitskampf der Anti‐Apartheid‐Bewegung. Afrikanisches Volkslied trifft auf Jazz‐Riffs. Protestlied verbindet sich mit feierlicher Musik. Der 52‐jährige Komponist steht mit seinem Sopransaxophon vor den auf der Stuhlkante sitzenden Musikern und spielt seine in die Partitur eingearbeiteten Soli. Beseelt. Brillant. Beglückend.”

Peter Zimmermann - Deutsche Welle

“The Swedish guest saxophonist, Anders Paulsson was a brilliant Ambassador for his country. His performance and compositions were beautiful and his engagement with the orchestra and guests, wonderful enough to make you want to offer him citizenship.”

Maria Kurian - Musaion, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA

“Anders Paulsson proves as persuasive an exponent as Kelly for his instrument and he is accompanied superbly by the trio of Swedish Orchestras.”

Guy Rickards, - Gramophone

“Starkast lyser solostämman i Anders Eliassons saxofonkonsert; likt ljusstrimmor som leker mot en nattsvart väv”

“Anders Paulssons affinity for the roots of American music shows in his sure knack for the jazz idiom and his sensitive treatment of classic American spirituals”

American Record Guide

“Anders Paulsson är lika fenomenalt skicklig i klassiska verk som i jazz och trollbinder med sitt intensivt vackra spel.”

Lennart Bromander - AFTONBLADET

"The sound of Anders Paulssons soprano saxophone has a universal beauty"

Turun Sanomat 30.4.2012

“Anders Paulsson made an extremely favourable impression. He conjured forth a magnificent sound from his rare instrument and played throughout with presence and brilliance. ”

Jukka Kumpulainen - Kouvolan Sanomat 22.10.2011

“Until You have heard Anders Paulsson, You have not heard the soprano saxophone.”

Johannes Gustavsson, conductor

"The extreme virtuosity of Anders Paulsson marked everything which was dynamic and beautiful: the organic endlessness of the variation and the plentiness of the tones of the soft metal in the upper register"

Esko Aho - Kaleva

"Svenske Anders Paulsson tolkade Eliassons konsert med virtuositet"

Turun Sanomat 30.4.2012

"An impressive artistic tour de force" "Anders Paulsson bjuder på ett intagande spel. Både artistiskt och som kraftprov är detta imponerande."

Thomas Anderberg - DN

“Does Anders Paulsson at all understand the meaning of the words `technically difficult´? There seems to be no limits to what he can do with his instrument. Paulsson is the King of the soprano saxophone.”


"Musiken var mycket vacker, inte minst på grund av Paulssons klang, som var liksom av sammet"

Turun Sanomat 30.4.2012

“Swedish soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson traversed the music's atmospheric voyage with extraordinary panache.”

Donald Rosenberg - The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

“Der Sopransaxophonist Anders Paulsson klingt einfach wunderbar und lässt den beruhmteren Kollegen Jan Garbarek verblassen. ”

Johannes Schmidt - Luxemburger Wort

“Mellifluos playing”

The Guardian

“Your beautiful playing is from above, like listening to an angel speak. I loved every moment. ”

Dave Koz

"At times rich and warm, at times intense and silvery with the highest notes a soprano sax can play, but always powerful and evocative...definitely an inspiring way to spend time on a Sunday afternoon."

The Barrie Examiner, Ontario

“Awesome artistry”

The Independent

“The most innovative sound in a decade.”

George Butler CBS Masterworks

“Anders Paulsson´s precision, his brilliance, his extraordinary skill, and his obvious love and commitment to the concerto carried it to the finish line with bravura.”

Alexandra Ivanoff - ANDANTE music magazine

“ Claude Debussys Syrinx är i original för tvärflöjt. Men när den exekverades på en sopransaxofon med sådan teknik och själ som Anders Paulsson hade så blev det stort. ”

BERNDT HÄGGBOM - Hudiksvalls Tidning

“Vitglödande passion”

Leif A Jansson - JönköpingsPosten

"listening to Anders Paulsson is a very intimate experience. It is not possible to tell where he ends and his instrument begin."

president, Miami Bach Society

“..det är när Paulsson lägger sitt mörka skimmer över musiken som det riktigt hettar till”

Andreas Jakobsson - Upsala Nya Tidning

“Soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson's playing was outstanding. With virtuosity and depth of feeling he produces a sound from his instrument of which any singer would be proud.”

Trierischer Volksfreund

“Paulsson spelade solostämman med en sådan intensitet och med en sådan nerv att man fullkomligt drogs in i skeendet. Här bjuder solisten in oss med ett mycket vackert, välfraserat spel som är oemotståndligt.”

Hasse Östlund - Norrbottenskuriren

“Anders Paulssons sopransaxofon blir en röst som sjunger över studsande pizzicatomattor och njutningsfullt rasar genom en noterad solokadens.”

Sofia Nyblom - SvD

“Nous avons gouté avec bonheur, tout au long de la soirée, la sonorité du saxophone-soprano d’Anders Paulsson, d’une sensualité spirituelle. ”

Paul Moes - Le Portail des Concerts

"A champion of the soprano saxophone"

Music Journal, USA

“The combination of saxophone, organ and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is not on the face of it an enticing proposition. But how agreeably the soprano saxophone as played by Anders Paulsson floated through this vast and gloomy space on Sunday evening”

New York Times

“The Swedish equivalent to Wynton Marsalis / Sveriges svar på Wynton Marsalis”

Nya Wermlandstidningen


New York News Day

“Why Paulsson is a sought after soloist worldwide becomes evident when You listen to this recording; Mythological Portraits”

Karl Erik Anestedt - DalaDemokraten

“Paulsson's Bach-playing was like a miracle. The audience went wild.”

Vakka-Suomen Sanomat, Finland

“Paulsson´s own compositions felt like logical continuations of the music of Ellington and Gershwin. Younger, with more weight and agitation yet with the same basic confidence”

Skaraborgs Läns Allehanda

“Paulsson´s languid, melancholy tone conjures up visions of water-meadows in the midnight sun - pure but ephemeral. His uncanny ability to evoke the sound of the oboe, clarinet and even an English horn on soprano sax alone is nothing short of amazing”

Cadence, USA