Gerard McChrystal

Gerard McChrystal comes from Derry, N.Ireland. Initially self-taught he studied at the RNCM, Manchester, Guildhall School, London and Northwestern University, Chicago. His career has largely been project driven, which has led to collaborations and performances with Philip Glass, The Soweto String Quartet, tenorist Tommy Smith, guitarist Craig Ogden, The Smith Quartet, Rambert Dance Co.,  Ensemble Bash, economist Charles Handy, poet Cathal O Searcaigh, The Quad Saxophone Quartet and vocal groups Anuna and Codetta in countries including USA, South Africa, Ireland and Portugal.

Gerard has made concerto CDs with BBC NOW, Ulster Orchestra and London Musici. He has performed in 30 countries and venues include San Francisco Opera House, Baku Opera House, Azerbaijan and the Royal Albert Hall, London.

As well as teaching saxophone at RWCMD, Gerard is professor of saxophone at Trinity Laban, London and is an ambassador for Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013. He served on the jury of the 2010 Royal Overseas Competition, London and the 5th Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition, Dinant.  He is sponsored by RICO.