Iwan Roth completed his musical studies at the Paris conservatory of music in the legendary saxophone class of Marcel Mule (1901-2001)—father of the modern saxophone . In 1961 he obtained the 1. Prize for Saxophone. In that same year he also obtained the 1. Prize for chamber music under the direction of professor Fernand Oubradous. One year later, in 1962, it began studying the flute with Professor Gaston Crunelle at the Paris conservatory. During his study he had the opportunity to assist classes from Darius Milhaud and Olivier Messiaen, which happen to been professors at the Paris conservatory during this period.
During his career as a soloist and orchestral musician he had the opportunity to play with orchestras such as the Berlin- and Vienna Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Radio of Bayern, the Orchestra "Süddeutsche Rundfunk" Stuttgart and the Orchestra of the Scala of Milan, with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Pierre Boulez, Colin Davis, Igor Markervitch, Charles Dutoit, Luciano Berio and Leonard Bernstein. With those orchestras and as a soloist he has performed concert tours in the most important cities of the world.
His recording production is extensive. To the 14 LP and CD that he has recorded the countless recordings for broadcast, radio and TV must be added.Many composers have dedicated their works to Iwan Roth. Among them figure Luciano Berio, Paul Creston, Boris Mersson, Robert Suter, Rudolf Kelterborn and Jacques Wildberger.
As a teacher Iwan Roth was the creator of the saxophone classroom at the academy of music in Basle (Switzerland), which became under his influence, among with Paris, Bordeaux (France), Indiana University, Bloomington, one of the world centers for the study of this instrument. During 25 years of educational work at this school he formed students including numerous winners of international competition and prominent university teachers.
Iwan Roth has also been between 1984-1992 professor at the Conservatory of Utrecht (Netherlands), guest professor at the Paris Conservatory of Music and Indiana University of Bloomington (USA). It has given master classes in several universities of the USA, Japan and regular summer courses in Sion (Switzerland), and Noto (Sicily). He has been a member of the jury in International Competitions such as Geneva, Gap(France), Arvika(Sweden), Bayreuth(Germany) and Dinant (Belgian). He also worked as a clinician for the Selmer and Yamaha companies.
Iwan Roth has always shown great interest for other musical styles, especially for Jazz, which has taken him to work with singers as Charles Aznavour, Sammy Davis JR, Mireille Matthieu, Salvatore Adamo and Johnny Hallyday. In the Jazz field it had the opportunity to collaborate with the important vibraphone player Lionel Hampton.
During his participation in recordings for film he did collaborate in productions made for movies of Roger Vadim, Marcel Carné and Jean Renoir.
At the present time Iwan Roth lives in Alicante, Spain and runs a studio of electronic music mostly dedicated to his compositions.
Movie with Iwan Roth talking about his life as a musician / Click to look
Sound: Iwan Roth / Martin Wind / Keith Copeland playing Boardwalk Blues