Albert Regni was the saxophonist for the New York Philharmonic from July 1963 to July 2013, most of those years as the principal. His work with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York City Ballet Orchestras utilized him as principal saxophonist for most of those years as well. Additional appearances with major symphonies include the Philadelphia Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Leningrad Philharmonic; St. Petersburg Philharmonic; Rotterdam Philharmonic; Odessa Philharmonic; Kirov Ballet Orchestra; Israel Philharmonic; Baltimore Symphony; Richmond Symphony; and the National Symphony of Washington, D.C. He has appeared as solo saxophonist with the National Symphony, American Symphony, New York Philharmonic, The American Composer’s Orchestra and The Little Orchestra of New York under a number of luminary conductors including Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, Leonard Slatkin, David Gilbert and Dennis Russell Davies.
Mr. Regni’s array of New York studio work includes hundreds of recordings on commercial, classical, Pop, Jazz, major motion pictures, and over 20 original Broadway cast albums in addition to numerous radio and television commercials. The TV series Twin Peaks earned him a Grammy recognition for his saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet contributions. Leonard Bernstein’s TV and CD recordings of West Side Story featuring Jose Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa also features Mr. Regni as principal clarinetist. He has had extensive experience with Maestro Bernstein on several New York Philharmonic world tours, the 1976 U.S. bicentennial tour of the U.S., TV Young People’s Concerts, the 50th Anniversary world tour of the Israel Philharmonic, the Bernstein MASS opening of the Kennedy Center in 1971 and on Broadway as a member of the orchestra in the first revival of “On the Town.” Al Regni.com has a listing of his work and professional experience.
College and university teaching affiliations have included The College of New Jersey, Brooklyn College, City College of New York, New York University, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Maryland at College Park, the Eastman School of Music and Virginia Commonwealth University, all as professor of saxophone.