Born in Ellwangen/Jagst, South Germany, Saxophonist Adrian Durm, winner of both “Jugend musiziert 2008” Chamber music competition and “Jugend Musiziert 2009” Solo competition as well as bearer of multiple scholarships, possesses outstanding musical and technical abilities which allow him to perform in several formations, ranging from solo performance to chamber music.
Adrian Durm showed a great musical talent already at a young age. After trying various instruments and discovering that he is gifted for wind instruments, he decided to start playing the saxophone at the age of 10. He began taking lessons with the Hungarian clarinetist Miklos Staubach and continued his musical upbringing with Canadian saxophonist Normand DesChênes.
He was part of the Kexo-Sax quartet that performed in several important venues allover Germany as a result of winning diverse national competitions. Particularly noteworthy are the scholarship they were awarded from the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben” which led them to perform in the “Spiegelsaal” in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg and the scholarship “Tag der Talente Berlin” from the culture ministry of Germany.
When he was admitted to the “Musikhochschule Köln” in the world-renowned class of Saxophone professor Daniel Gauthier in 2009, he received the Manfred-Theodora-Schurr scholarship and later the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes which is one of the most significant ones in Germany. Since the beginning of his bachelor he has been perfecting his technique to achieve the highest interpretative qualities that are demanded from a professional musician.
During his studies he has been part of projects with the “Junge Deutsche Philharmonie”, “Bergische Symphoniker” amongst others. Upcoming projects include concerts with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Akademie.
In the year 2010 he and his collegues from the Musikhochschule Köln founded the Xenon Quartet. They have played several times on the radio (Campus tour WDR3 2011, Open Auditions WDR 3 2013) and toured around France as part of the Festival Les musicales de Grillon. They were recently awarded with the 3 year scholarship “Live Music Now – Yehudi Menuhin”.