The members of Quatuor Élan: Nozomi Sakai (saxophone soprano), Miki Isogai (saxophone alto), Taewook Ahn (saxophone ténor), Mariko Takeshita (saxophone baryton), initially met in Paris, France, whilst undergoing their studies at a number of conservatoires across Europe, such as Versailles, Lyon, Brussels, Amsterdam and Vienna. They are now based in Japan, and perform on concert tours all over Japan and participate in various projects at educational sites.
At first, they started as Impetus saxophone quartet, but in 2020 decided to change their name to Quatuor Élan.
Actively working with a variety of composers, as a quartet, they are always keen to discover new musical territories.
Their ﬁrst CD entitled Prélude was released at N.A.T and is available in stores and on all major download platforms. (as "Impetus saxophone quartet”).
The Series III Soprano ensures greater playability, particularly as regards pitch and blowing.
The blowing emission of its high register extended to high G has been largely facilitated. Selecting a straight or curved neck allows to get well acquainted with it.
The 'Super Action 80 Series II' called 'Series II' is the oldest model manufactured in our factory. It holds the acoustic qualities of historic models. Backbone of our catalogue, it is the alto versatile par excellence.
The 'Super Action 80 Series II' Tenor has earned a solid reputation thanks to its very different personality. It enables the production of an open sound, very rich in harmonics and an excellent projection power.
The 'Super Action 80 Series II' baritone offers excellent consistency of sound over the whole register, without break-up between low and high notes.
It develops a particularly warm and mellow tone, thus sublimating the features characteristic to this instrument.