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Berlage Saxophone  Quartet

„What a refreshing breeze in the venerable quartet landscape! The instruments 'vibrate' and breathe together - the performers' pleasure in their music takes hold of the audience immediately. A great pleasure!“
Valentin Erben - cellist in the Alban Berg Quartet

The Berlage Saxophone Quartet was formed by Lars Niederstrasser, Peter Vigh, Kirstin Niederstrasser and Eva van Grinsven in Amsterdam in 2008. The four musicians completed their studies with Arno Bornkamp at the Conservatory, going on to study with Daniel Gauthier in Cologne, Jean-Denis Michat in Lyon and Claude Delangle in Paris. The quartet has received lessons in ensemble playing from members of the Alban Berg Quartet, the Concertgebouworchestra and they are currenly following a Chamber Music Master in Berlin with the Artemis Quartet.
As a quartet, the four young musicians rapidly drew attention to themselves at competitions. They won first prize at the Selmer Saxophone Quartet Competition (2009), first prize at the Storioni Festival Chamber Music Competition (Adjudicators' and Audience Prizes 2011) and first prize and audience prize at the international OnWings! Presentatieconcours (2011).
The ensemble impressed with the infectious pleasure its members take in playing, their natural manner and their very musical performance. They won the renowned Dutch Classical Talent Award 2013 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, together with the adjudicators' and audience prizes and a sponsored tour through the major concert halls of the Netherlands.
At the German Music Competition 2011 in Berlin, the Berlage Saxophone Quartet won a scholarship and was included in the 56th national selection of the „Konzerte junger Künstler“ series for the 2012/2013 season.
The Berlage Saxophone Quartet presents impressively creative concert programmes and their own arrangements, repeatedly opening up new worlds of sound to audiences. Their Debut CD SaxoFOLK was very well received in the international press.

Translation: J & M Berridge