In cooperation with Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg
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.
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”.
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”.
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.