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 started the year with a masterclass in Vienna where he also picked up a beautiful old Buffet S1 alto. Hear it in action below
Gerard will be recording a short recital for the BBC in Belfast in March 2018. The programme includes Go from The Melbourne Sonata which was dedicated to Gerard by Austrailian composer Barry Cockcroft.
Below is a full performance of Dave Heath's The Celtic, for soprano sax and orchestra given in Lisbon, Portugal in 2016 as part of the FISP Festival.
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.
Such was the popularity of Saturday's Festival Coffee Concert that the event was forced to move to the Elmwood Hall in order to accommodate a larger audience than expected... Mid-morning magic.
Belfast Telegraph, Nov. 2006. Belfast Festival, Belfast.