Gerard McChrystal comes from Derry, N.Ireland. To date he has performed in over 30 countries including London's Wigmore Hall, San Francisco Opera House and Suttgart Stattshalle. He has performed with Philip Glass, Soweto String Quartet, guitarist Craig Ogden, The Syzmanowski String Quartet, The Smith Quartet, tenorist Tommy Smith, Irish choir Anuna, Ensemble Bash as well as many orchestras including The Philharmonia, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC NOW, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony of Ireland and Stuttgart Statsorchestre. Gerard is an ambassador for Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013. See Gerard's biography to read more! Gerard was a member of the jury of the Clarisax International Competition in France in December 2015. Other events in 2015 included a performance of the Dubois Saxophone Concerto in France and a masterclass at the home of saxophone reeds Vandoren, Paris.
Gerard is now a member of the new international saxophone quartet Bros. Quartet. He is joined by Mario Marzi (Italy), Antonio Filipe Belijar (Spain) and Joao Pedro Silva (Portugal). They made their debut in Lisbon in April 2015 and performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg in July 2015.
Gerard's solo project InterFuse is now officially launched featuring music by Barry Cockcroft, Stuart Greenbaum, Karen Tanaka, Gerard McChrystal, Tony Davis and Joe Cutler. Gerard launced theproject at the opening of the new store of sax.co.uk in June 2015.
Gerard has been invited to be a member of the jury of the next Clarisax International Competition in France in December 2015. Other events in 2015 include a performance of the Dubois Saxophone Concerto in France.
Mr McChrystal produced a sound that was so smooth and warm that it was only short of a cat stretched out in front of him, purring.