BIOGRAPHY

A fantastic ensemble that’s ‘still on fire’, innovative, and hell-bent on high-quality music making.” (Enjott Schneider)

Munich’s Arcis Saxophone Quartet (Claus Hierluksch, soprano saxophone; Ricarda Fuss, alto saxophone; Edoardo Zotti, tenor saxophone; and Jure Knez, baritone saxophone) possesses a charismatic and authentic stage presence that sets audiences aflame with their spark-throwing enthusiasm and burning passion for this rare form of chamber music.

In their highly professional, exact interpretations, they explore the relationship between individual expressivity and artistic collaboration, captivating listeners with their joy for playing and emotional depth. This eagerness to communicate, along with their acute perception of one another, allows virtually “una voce” articulation. The resulting effect is far-reaching both sonically and musically, with the saxophone’s entire spectrum of colour coming brilliantly to light. After their international debut in the Great Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow and a concert in London’s Wigmore Hall, an invitation to play in Berlin Philharmonie in 2017 marked a new milestone in their career.

March 2013 saw the release of their first CD, Arcis Saxophon Quartett spielt Enjott Schneider, on Ambient Audio. In April 2017, their second CD Rasch was released on Genuin.

The award-winning ensemble won first prizes at the 2013 Musikwettbewerb des Kulturkreises Gasteig e.V. (Munich; in addition to the Audience Prize), at the 2013 International Music Competition Concorso Argento (Italy), and at the 2013 First Classical Music International Internet-Festival “Chance Music” (Russia). They also received a third prize at the 13th Chieri International Competition (Italy), as well as a second prize at the Chamber Music Competition of the Alice Samter Foundation Berlin in 2014. In 2015, they won a first prize at the 4th International Contest – Festival of Chamber Ensemble Performance named after T.A. Gaidamovich in Magnitogorsk (Russia) and in 2016 a first prize at the 1st Rising Stars Grand Prix 2016 – International Music Competition Berlin. The ensemble was honored with the Bavarian State Award for Arts 2016 and awarded with the Scholarship of the Theodor-Rogler-Foundation, a Scholarship of Music by the City of Munich and a Scholarship of the Erika and Georg Dietrich Foundation.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet was founded in 2009 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and studied chamber music under the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin University of the Arts with additional instruction from Koryun Asatryan and Friedemann Berger in Munich. The quartet has been a member of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA, Prof. Hatto Beyerle, Prof. Johannes Meissl e.a.) since 2014. They are supported by scholarships from Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now and the PE-Förderungen for Students of Music.

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PROGRAMS

American Dreams

Steve Reich – New York Counterpoint

Dvořák (arr. ASQ) – String Quartet No. 12, “American”

– Intermission –

Bernstein (arr. ASQ) – West Side Story Suite

Barber (arr. ASQ) – Adagio for Strings

Gershwin (arr. Sylvain Dedenon) Porgy and Bess Suite

Endless prairie landscapes; the exciting pulse of the city that never sleeps; the swinging life of the Southern states; stories full of dreams, hopes, and love: in American Dreams, the Arcis Saxophone Quartet takes the audience on a journey through a broad musical exhibition of the American way of life.

The Great Masters

Ligeti – Six Bagatelles

Haydn (arr. ASQ) – String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5

– Intermission –

J.S. Bach (arr. ASQ) – Italian Concerto

Bartók (arr. ASQ) – Romanian Folk Dances

Mendelssohn (arr. ASQ) – Capriccio in E minor

Gershwin (arr. Sylvain Dedenon) – Porgy and Bess Suite

In the Great Masters, the Arcis Saxophone Quartet assembles works by many of history’s greatest composers. Every epoch had its masters and masterpieces, and in this program, the quartet presents Ligeti, Haydn, Bach, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin in such shining new colors, the Tageszeitung Munich asked, “Do you ever want to hear it differently again?”

Innovation

Scarlatti (arr. ASQ) – Three Sonatas per Clavicembalo

Outi Tarkiainen – There is more light in this room when you are here

Schulhoff (arr. ASQ) – Five Pieces for String Quartet

– Intermission –

Glazunov – Quartet for 4 Saxophones, Op. 109

Kapustin – Suite in the Old Style, Op. 28

Throwing yourself into the unknown, daring to be crazy, thinking the impossible, and giving a personal touch to tradition: True art is always innovation. The composer has to juggle with both the tradition and the new and has to find and create their own path. The Arcis Saxophone Quartet lets the most exciting moments of this search for the unknown shine like in a kaleidoscope of innovations. Thrilling discoveries guaranteed!

PROJECTS

Arcis with Orchestra

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