bio

The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet is a sparkling and inspired ensemble founded in 2011 at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. The four musicians from Poland, the Netherlands and Germany had quickly made for themselves a name in the Netherlands and abroad, performing in major halls including the Concertgebouw and the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ  in Amsterdam, De Toonzaal in Den Bosch and the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. The quartet performed as well in international festivals including the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews (Scotland), the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, the Bach Festival in Dordrecht (the Netherlands), the Bachtage in Würzburg (Germany) and the International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog (the Netherlands).

The Ebonit Quartet has received first prize at international chamber music competitions such as the “Ottomani Competition 2012”, “Who’s Next International Chamber Music Competition 2015” (where the ensemble received as well the “Brava Kijkersprijs”), the “Storioni Competition 2016” (including audience prize and “Max Young Talent Prize”) and the “Orlando Competition 2016”. At the “Salieri-Zinetti Chamber Music Competition 2016” in Verona, Italy, the quartet has won the second prize. Also they got awarded with the “Zilveren Vork 2016” for the best lunch concert in the Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie in Leeuwarden.

Their participation in the “International Chamber Music Campus 2016” in Weikersheim, Germany, was awarded with a prize for one of the most convincing newcomer ensembles 2016. In the 2016/2017 season the quartet will tour throughout the Netherlands as a laureate of the competition “Dutch Classical Talent”. In addition, they will tour with their music theater program for children “Het strijkkwartet van Meneer Sax” produced by Stichting Oorkaan.

Having studied together in the class of Arno Bornkamp in Amsterdam, the quartet finished its studies in the Masters program of the Netherlands String Quartet Academy (NSKA) with Marc Danel, Stefan Metz and Sven Arne Tepl. Furthermore, the quartet has attended masterclasses from renowned pedagogues such as Eberhart Feltz, Gerhard Schulz, Heime Müller, Luc-Marie Aguera, Peter Cropper, Albrecht Mayer, the members of the Artemis Quartet, Belcea Quartet, Kronos Quartet, the French Habanera Saxophone Quartet and clair-obscur from Berlin.

The quartet is regularly working together with composers to enlarge the original repertoire, including Richard Whalley, Kevin Malone, Valentin Villard and Chris Chamoun. The quartet recorded the “Sonata for saxophone quartet” from Chamoun, it can be found on his CD “The greatest Hits (so far)”.
The debut album of the Ebonit Quartet “The Last Words of Christ” with music by Haydn, Webern, Sibelius and Shostakovich was released in February 2016 on CHALLENGE Classics and got nominated for the prominent Dutch prize “Edison Klassiek 2016” in the category “Het Debuut”.

Since 2015, the Ebonit Quartet has been a SELMER-Artist.

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