His pioneering musicianship has inspired a succession of over 50 international composers to write solo concertos and chamber music for him and another 30 commissions are scheduled to be premiered in the coming years. He has recorded 27 CDs and performed concerts in 27 countries in major music halls like Berlin Philharmonie, Alice Tully Hall, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam with orchestras like the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and St.Petersburg Philharmonic.
After classical saxophone studies at the Royal College in Stockholm and with Jean-Marie Londeix in France, he was awarded a Fulbright ITT International Fellowship to study with Joseph Allard and Bob Mintzer at Manhattan School of Music, New York City where he earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance in 1986. Equally at ease in jazz improvisation, he has collaborated with singers ranging from Anne Sofie von Otter to Alice Babs. In 2012 Anders Paulsson was awarded the Royal Gold Medal Litteris et Artibus for his prominent artistic achievements as soprano saxophonist.
As the concert world comes to life after the pandemic, he envisions musical collaborations beyond business as usual, with more creative programming and performance concepts that reach new audiences and have relevance to the most urgent issues of our time – ecological recovery and strengthening democracy.
As a passionate environmentalist, he is the co-founder of Coral Guardians www.coralguardians.org, an organization that combines music and science to raise awareness about the world’s coral reefs and what is needed to safeguard them for future generations. To highlight the environmental wisdom of indigenous people, Anders Paulsson composed Choral Symphony for Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra conducted by Grammy Award-winning JoAnn Falletta featuring the ancient Hawaiian Creation Epic Kumulipo chanted by Kahu Aaron Mahi.
At the Nobel festivities in 1993, Anders Paulsson performed for Nelson Mandela when he received the Nobel Peace Prize and he consequently composed a Celebration Suite for Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa.