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.
The Berlage Saxophone Quartet (BSQ) is seen as an advocate of a new generation of saxophone quartets that gives this discipline a strong position in the world of classical music.
What stands out is the unique combination of musical depth and refinement, combined with an appealing presentation in which other disciplines enhance the musical message.
The quartet consists of Lars Niederstrasser (soprano saxophone), Peter Vigh (alto saxophone), Juani Palop (tenor saxophone) and Eva van Grinsven (baritone saxophone).
Peter Vigh is also the quartet’s arranger and composer, whose qualities are gratefully and frequently made use of.
Founded in 2008 in the class of Arno Bornkamp at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, they won a Stipend at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (2011), the Dutch Classical Talent Award (2013) and the Kersjes Prijs (2015).
Striving for the highest possible level of playing in chamber music, they took lessons with one of the best string quartets in the world: the Artemis Quartett in Berlin.
Their two CDs SaxoFOLK and In search of freedom, released by the German label MDG, received much acclaim from both the national and international press.
“The Berlage Saxophone Quartet’s playing is phenomenal and they create an exceptional richness of sound with just saxophones.” (Luister)
The BSQ produces concerts, shows and videoclips for which they cooperate with writer-storyteller Jan Brokken, music theatre group Via Berlin, light design artists as Blauwe Uur and film director Sander Burger.
Convinced of the quality of the saxophone quartet as a powerful and contemporary messenger of layered classical music, the BSQ plays music that up to this day has a current emotional value, from renaissance to contemporary music.
“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 2014 he published a Cd with baroque solo Works.
Since 2018 he is professor of classical saxophone at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.

Website: 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: www.petervigh.com

Juani Palop Tecles

Tenor saxophone

Juani Palop Tecles

Tenor saxophone (1982), joined the Berlage Saxophone Quartet in 2018.
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: www.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: saxophone and percussion duo with Ramon Lormans Sax&Stix (New Amsterdam) , with soprano Sabine Wuethrich & pianist Daniel Kramer (Cafe Dansant) & the Busch’ Quintet with the Dudok String Quartet.

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: www.evavangrinsven.com

2020/2021

Abcoude Concerten 27 Jun 2021, 15h

Music by Weill, Schulhoff
Karin Strobos, Mezzosopraan
Martijn Cornet, baritone

De Muze van Zuid Festival, Vrijburgkerk 19 sept 2021, 12h

Music by Bach, Mozart, Vigh
All concerts
"The excellently trained Dutch saxophone quartet (...) proves here that technically everything is possible."
FONO FORUM
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"The Berlage Saxophone Quartet has a fine and balanced sound, always round and smooth. The four saxophones are a match and their interaction takes place with admirable precision. "
CRESCENDO
Saxofolk (2014) Saxofolk (2014) 17,00 € In search of freedom (2017) In search of freedom (2017) 17,00 € Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations (2021) Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations (2021) 17,00€
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Alexander Klapwijk (voorzitter)
Boudewijn Koopmans (penningmeester)
Babet Reinders (secretaris)
Cécile Gouder de Beauregard (bestuurslid)
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