The four musicians of the the SIGNUM saxophone quartet, Blaž Kemperle, Erik Nestler, Alan Lužar and Guerino Bellarosa, have studied in Cologne, Vienna and Amsterdam and founded the ensemble un 2006. They have been influenced and inspired by the Quatuor Ébène, Artemis Quartet and Gabor Takács-Nágy.
Award-winners at international competitions including Lugano and Berlin, SIGNUM nowadays play in concert halls and at festivals all over Europe such as the Barbican Centre London, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Gulbenkian Lisbon, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonie Cologne as well as at the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and the Rheingau Musik Festival.
SIGNUM are constantly searching for new ideas, ground breaking challenges and intriguing artistic encounters. Their sheer joy and experimental versatility are reflected in their extraordinary programs; the four young musicians are also to be heard in classical quartet formations and they continue to create exciting, never before seen joint arrangements with inspiring soundscapes. They also care deeply about the audience of tomorrow e.g. by creating projects and concert programs.
The first CD of the quartet „DEBUT“ was launched in 2011 including works by Grieg, Ravel, Bartók and Shostakovich; a second CD „BALKANICATION“ was released in December 2014. A new CD has been released in 2016/17.