Ever since his debut performance at Carnegie Hall, Eugene Rousseau has been an admired professional saxophonist. As a musician, he played throughout the world and had much to do with popularizing the saxophone. In fact he was the first musician to perform the saxophone as a solo instrument in numerous European cities. Rousseau's lengthy and prominent career included playing with such orchestras as the Prague Symphony, the BBC Orchestra, and the Santiago Philharmonic. Greatly involved with the development of the instrument, he not only set out to make his own mouthpieces but has also been the chief consultant for saxophones to the Yamaha Corporation since 1972.