Berlage
Saxophone
Quartet

Berlage Saxophone Quartet
“We want to touch people’s emotions with music. Working with passion and motivation, with an artisan craftwork and a deep approach, always focused on innovation and versatility.”
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In September 2008, four inspired saxophonists founded the Berlage Saxophone Quartet in the Berlage building, a student residence at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
They were coached by top world musicians such as their former teacher Arno Bornkamp, ​also they studied chamber music together with the Artemis Quartett in Berlin and also did master classes in ensemble playing with members of the  Alban Berg Quartett, the Belcea Quartet, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

The four musicians quickly won several prizes, such as the first prize at the Selmer Saxophone Quartet Competition, at the Storioni Festival Competition and at the Onwings! Presentation competition.

In 2011 they became laureates at the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb in Berlin which resulted in more than thirty concerts in Germany. Subsequently, the quartet became the winner of the Dutch Classical Talent Award and Audience Award 2013, during the final in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

In 2015 the quartet received the prestigious Kersjes Prize for their exceptional musical qualities and their special contribution to Dutch chamber music.

The quality of the Berlage Saxophone Quartet is demonstrated in its creative concert programmes and arrangements, created by themselves, which open up again and again new worlds of sonority for their audiences. This has led to them being invited to make international concert apearances as well as to radio and television performances with channels including Deutschlandfunk, NDR and Radio 4 (NL).

The debut CD SaxoFOLK from the ensemble, which was released with MDG in 2014, was warmly welcomed by the international music press. In 2017 they released their second CD ¨ In Search of Freedom¨, with the acclaimed violinist Vineta Sareika from the Artemis Quartet.
“What an invigorating breath of fresh air in the staid and respectable world of the quartet! The instruments “vibrate” and breathe as one in the Berlage Saxophone Quartet – the verve and enthusiasm of these masters of their instrument jumps out uninhibitedly at the listener. A great pleasure!”
Valentin Erben – Alban Berg Quartet

Lars Niederstrasser

Soprano Saxophone

Lars Niederstrasser

Soprano saxophone (1985) performs as a soloist, with his ensembles the Berlage Saxophone Quartet and Selmer Saxharmonic and in orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2004 he published a Cd with baroque solo Works.
Since 2018 he is professor of classical saxophone at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.

Website: http://www.larsniederstrasser.com

Peter Vigh

Alto saxophone

Peter Vigh

Alto saxophone (1987) is not only a saxophonist but also a composer. His pieces were played by the Nederlands Blazersensemble, members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ensemble Black Pencil and the choirs of Vocaal Talent. He won prizes at the Princess Christina Competition and the first Prize during the competition for composition of the VSB poetry prize.

Website: http://www.petervigh.com

Juani Palop Tecles

Tenor saxophone

Juani Palop Tecles

Tenor saxophone (1982), is a member of the Barcelona Wind Orchestra, on which she took a leave in 2018, to join the Berlage Saxophone Quartet.
Graduated Cum Laude at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2009, she collaborates with different orchestras like NedPho, Residentie Orkest, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, among others.

Since 2019 she is the side subject and Methodiek saxophone teacher at the Royal conservatory of the Hague.

Website: http://juanipalop.com/en/home/

Eva van Grinsven

Baritone saxophone

Eva van Grinsven

Baritone saxophone (1981), loves to play chamber music and recorded well received cd’s in different settings; with percussionist Ramon Lormans (Sax & Stix), with soprano Sabine Wuethrich & pianist Daniel Kramer (Cafe Dansant) & the Busch’ Quintet with the Dudok stringquartet.

Since 2014 she has a duo with pianist Helena Basilova, with whom she released in 2016 the album ¨rendez-vous Russe¨ winning the Echo Klassik Prize in 2017.

Since 2016 she is the teacher of classical saxophone at the conservatory of Maastricht.

Website: http://evavangrinsven.com/

2019/2020

Première Hermitage Amsterdam 8 Dec

Berlage Saxophone Quartet
Director: Ria Marks
Light design: Jurjen Alkema

Dorpskerk in Beetsterzwaag 11 Jan

Berlage Saxophone Quartet
Director: Ria Marks
Light design: Jurjen Alkema

Jagthuis Nederhorst den Berg 17 Jan

Berlage Saxophone Quartet
Director: Ria Marks
Light design: Jurjen Alkema
All concerts
"The excellently trained Dutch saxophone quartet (...) proves here that technically everything is possible."
FONO FORUM
Education Berlage Saxophone Academy
"The Berlage Saxophone Quartet has a finely balanced sound, always round and smooth. The four instruments are best matched. The interaction takes place with admirable precision. "
CRESCENDO
Saxofolk (2014) Saxofolk (2014) 24,00 € In search of freedom (2017) In search of freedom (2017) 25,00 €