Hailed as a “creative and consistently sharp and engaging” soloist by All About Jazz, Adib Young is a talented saxophonist and composer currently attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


A graduate of Furman University, Adib studied saxophone with Matt Olson and composition with Mark Kilstofte. As a recipient of two research fellowships, Adib self-published a transcription book of Baptiste Herbin’s improvised solos and contributed to an album of original music on Olson’s Open Spaces. Open Spaces, released by Origin Arts, is one of the best displays of Adib’s composition style and presents his introspective playing, for the first time, to a global audience. Additionally, he was named a Presser Scholar, selected as one of the winners of the Furman Concerto Competition, and performed on two Furman Honor Recitals.


Following Furman, Adib completed his M.M. in Jazz Performance in 2023 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, publishing a master’s thesis on the composition and improvisation style of saxophonist extraordinaire Ben Wendel. Continuing his music education, he is staying at Illinois to pursue a D.M.A. in Jazz Performance and a Cognate in Classical Saxophone. At the university, he is Debra Richtmeyer and Chip McNeill’s graduate assistant, allowing him to teach lessons and coach ensembles in both the classical and jazz saxophone studios.


In addition to his responsibilities at the university, Adib serves as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at the University of Illinois Springfield. He greatly enjoys working with students, helping them develop as improvisers, progress as artists, and mature as people. Outside of teaching, composing, and performing, he loves to hike, participate in community service, and visit with friends and family.