AURELIA SAXOFOON KWARTET
1982 - current
Aurelia Saxofoon Kwartet
The Aurelia Saxophone Quartet is one of the leading ensembles of its sort in the world. Its members have greatly contributed to carving out a niche for the saxophone quartet in contemporary music. The quartet has as its goal performing contemporary music by well- and lesser-known composers and adding to ...
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Biography Aurelia Saxofoon Kwartet
The Aurelia Saxophone Quartet is one of the leading ensembles of its sort in the world. Its members have greatly contributed to carving out a niche for the saxophone quartet in contemporary music. The quartet has as its goal performing contemporary music by well- and lesser-known composers and adding to the saxophone quartet repertoire. In addition, it performs arrangements of older and contemporary works. Its members also play in other distinguished ensembles and orchestras, such as the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
While on tour with the Netherlands National Youth Orchestra, four young saxophonists spontaneously play together on the Via Aurelia, an age-old road connecting Rome and the French Riviera. The Italian audience is enthusiastic and the musicians decide then and there to form a saxophone quartet. Once back in the Netherlands, they name the ensemble after its birthplace: the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet.
EMI releases the ensemble's first CD/LP, with arrangements by Johan van der Linden of George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' and Modest Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition'.
The CD wins the quartet an Edison award in the Young Dutch Artists category.
At the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the quartet premieres 'Fantasia' by the Russian composer Dimitry Smirnov. This work is later included on the 'Four Generations of Russian Composers' CD.
1991 - 1993
The quartet premieres 'Pazzamezzo' by Theo Verbey in Amsterdam. In 1993, it premieres the saxophone version of Louis Andriessen's string quartet 'Facing Death'. At this concert, it also performs the premiere of 'Master Bob Blaster' by David Dramm.
In collaboration with the Bergez publishing house, the quartet publishes arrangements of classical works such as the string quartets by Claude Debussy amd Maurice Ravel as well as Modest Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition'. It begins to develop and publish its own saxophone method.
In Almelo, the quartet plays the premiere of 'Pitch Black' with Ghettoblaster, a piece composed for it by Jacob ter Veldhuis.
André Arends announces in May that he will leave the quartet. His successor is Niels Bijl, a student of Arno Bornkamp and Johan van der Linden's at the Enschede Conservatory.
The quartet is nominated for an Edison award for its 'Fugue in C of Dog' CD, with music from Johann Sebastian Bach's 'The Art of the Fugue' and pieces by contemporary composers that react to the music by Bach.
The quartet begins its 25th season with the release of the 'Tangon' CD, with the pianist Juan Pablo Dobal and the bandoneonist Ville Hitula. These two musicians also appear with the quartet in a series of concerts. On the programme are works by Astor Piazzolla and and more recent tangos.
An official jubilee concert is held on February 26 in the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ to celebrate the quartet's 25th anniversay. Among the guest musicians are the pianist Ivo Janssen, composer David Dramm, harpist Lavinia Meijer and clarinettist/saxophonist David Kweksilber.
The Aurelia Saxophone Quartet begins its own multi-season concert series at the Bethany Convent in Amsterdam. The first concert is a tribute to Louis Andriessen's 70th birthday in 2009. The second is given in collaboration with the harpist Lavinia Meijer. And the final concert is a retrospective of the history of the saxophone beginning with Adolphe Sax. On January 22, Willem van Meerwijk breaks his left leg and is unable to perform with the quartet. He is replaced by the baritone saxophonists Lars Niederstrassen and Ties Mellema from, respectively, the Berlage and the Amstel saxophone quartets. Shortly before an Indonesian tour with Lavinia Meijer and the composer Carlos Micháns, Van Meerwijk returns to the group.
Discography Aurelia Saxofoon Kwartet
|Act||Aurelia Saxofoon Kwartet|
|Type and year||CD, 1996|
|Label||NM Classics, 92053|
|componist||Geert van Keulen|
|componist||Peter van Onna|
Diderik Wagenaar - Diderik Wagenaar
|Act||Aurelia Saxofoon Kwartet|
|Type and year||CD, 1993|
|Label||Composers Voice, CV 29|
|muzikant||Nederlands Blazers Ensemble|
|muzikant||Cees van Zeeland|
|muzikant||Slagwerk Den Haag|
|muzikant||Aurelia Saxofoon Kwartet|
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