© Harald Hoffmann
© Harald Hoffmann
© Harald Hoffmann

Arcis Saxophone Quartet Chamber Music Generalmanagement

Claus Hierluksch (soprano saxophone)
Ricarda Fuss (alto saxophone)
Edoardo Zotti (tenor saxophone)
Jure Knez (baritone saxophone)

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

These four young musicians from Munich, possessed of a charismatic and authentic stage presence, set audiences aflame with their spark-throwing enthusiasm and burning passion for this rare form of chamber music.

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet was founded in 2009 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, and has completed its studies of chamber music with the Artemis Quartet in Berlin and Koryun Asatryan and Friedemann Berger in Munich.

The ensemble’s activities in 2013 were marked by important international accomplishments: first prizes in Munich (and Audience Prize), Gioia del Colle (Italy) and Moscow followed by a second prize in Berlin in 2014, and first prizes in Magnitogorsk (Russia) in 2015 and in Berlin in 2016. In addition, the quartet was awarded the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis in 2016.

Meanwhile the quartet takes the world’s stages by storm: after concerts at festivals such as Grafenegg, Oberstdorf, Klangfeste Musicali Bozen, and debuts at the Wigmore Hall and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow their debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with the first performance of Luke Bedford’s concerto at the Berlin Philharmonie in October 2017 marks a new milestone in their career.

2013 saw the release of their first album, “Arcis Saxophon Quartet plays Enjott Schneider” with the complete work for saxophone by Enjott Schneider for Ambiente Audio.  Genuin/Deutschlandradio lately released another album with works by J.S. Bach, George Gershwin and Franco Donatoni.

Since 2015 the quartet is member of the European Chamber Music Academy led by Prof. Hatto Beyerle and Prof. Johannes Meissl.

Season 2017/18

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News

Arcis Saxophone Quartet: First performance of Luke Bedford concerto with DSO Berlin

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet presents the first performance of Luke Bedford's concerto on 18 October

with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at Philharmonie. Deutschlandfunk Kultur broadcasts the concert on 22 October at 20:03.

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Arcis Saxophone Quartet and Vineta Sareika in Hildesheim

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet presents American Dreams in the quintet version together with Vineta Sareika, violin in Hildesheim on 11 September including Steve Reich's

New York Counterpoint, Dvorak's string quartet F major American, Gershwin/Dedenon's Porgy & Bess Suite as well as Marc Marder's I came with shoes and excerpts from Bernstein's West Side Story each time for quartet and violin.

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Arcis Saxophone Quartet at Schlossfestspiele Etelsen

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs two concerts at Schlossfestspiele Etelsen on 5 and 6 August featuring the programme "American Dreams" with works by Reich, Dvorak, Bernstein, Barber and Gershwin.

Arcis Saxophon Quartett with American Dreams in Munich

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet is performing in Munich on 31 December the programme "American Dreams" at  Gasteig, Carl-Orff-Saal featuring Steve Reich's New York Counterpoint, Dvorak's string quartet "American" op. 96, Leonard Bernstein's Suite from West Side Story and George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Suite.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Bolzano

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs on 29 June in Bolzano the programme American Dreams featuring works by Reich, Bernstein, Barber, Gershwin and Dvorak.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet: New CD Release on 7 April

The new CD by the Arcis Saxophone Quartet featuring J.S. Bach's Italian Concerto F Major, Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess Suite' and Franco Donatoni's Rasch II will be released on 7 April on Genuin/Deutschlandradio.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet with Orchestre de Cannes

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs Philipp Glass' Saxophone concerto with the Orchestre de Cannes on 10 February.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in "Stars von morgen" at Arte TV

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet will perform in "Stars of tomorrow" by Rolando Villazon at Arte TV on 6 November, 18:30-19:15.

Arcis Saxophon Quartett with American Dreams in Wolfsburg

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs the new programme American Dreams with works by Steve Reich, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, George Gershwin and Antonin Dvorak in Wolfsburg on 10 June.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Hannover

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs in Hannover on 21 June featuring works by Ferenc Farkas, Astor Piazzolla, György Ligeti and Gabriel Pierné.

Press

  • Virtuosic crossover artists

    In the memorized "Porgy and Bess" suite by Gershwin the quartet enthralled by a dynamic range, changing sound colors and almost dancing communication among eachother. Claus Hierluksch played the famous melody "Summertime" with a dreamy piano and poetic expression (...). The Latvian violinist Vineta Sareika added sound highlights to Bernstein's "West Side Story". The ensemble, extended to a quintet, demonstrated all his abilities differingly. Applause and ovations.

    Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung, Claus-Ulrich Heinke, 17.09.2017

  • New CD: J.S. Bach/George Gershwin/Franco Donatoni

    The ensemble sound is surprisingly homogenous and alto saxophonist Ricarda Fuss and soprano saxophonist Claus Hierluksch succeed in adding soft sound colors and dosing the overtone content. While the four spectacular facets of their expression can be seen in Gershwin's sparkling suite, they point out a haunting stream especially in the middle part with an Andante in almost impressionistic sound colors.

    MDR Kultur, Jan Kubon und Michael Kuhlmann, 26.06.2017

    The fact that the four musicians of the Arcis Saxophon Quartet master their instruments is understandable. But it is more powerful that they use these skills innovatively.(…) Clarity in the arrangement and tonal perfection with immaculate approach are the means of the Arcis Quartet on their new album. Bach's melodic stringency and the compellingly flowing variation fill the four saxophones with almost casual elegance, without losing even a second of tension.(…) In the Arcis interpretation of Gershwin's "Porgy And Bess" suite, the dizzying technical brilliance prevails. A ballet on the musical high rope, grounded by the baritone parts of Jure Knez.

    Spiegel Online, Werner Theurich, 23.04.2017

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    Arcis Saxophone Quartet varies classical pieces

    The sound of the Arcis Saxophone Quartet is very impressive, orchestral in its abundance, nuanced in solo passages and yet transparent in the structure.(…)Dvorak’s “American Quartet” is transformed into a separate work of art in the version for saxophones. Iridescently colored, rhythmically arranged and with the wide breath that blows over the Bohemian home country. In the finale dominates pure joy of life, contrasting with sensitive lyrical inserts.

    Wolfsburger Nachrichten, Rainer Sliepen, 12.06.2017

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    Arcis Saxophone Quartet at Oberstdorfer Musiksommer

    The raising career of the young musicians of the Arcis Saxophone Quartet is not only magically, but also their sound in ensemble playing. [...] In kind of studio acoustics they unfold a tonal and musical depth that can light up the entire spectrum of colour of the saxophone.

    Allgäuer Anzeiger, Rainer Schmid, 17.08.2016

     

     

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    Arcis Saxophone Quartet at Musikfest Goslar

    The Arcis saxophone quartet [...] succeeded within short time to make the audience clear that even saxophones can perfectly fill the role of the usual strings. The quartet sparkled with joy and immense intensity, designed sounded homogeneous and expressed Goethe's dictum: "Chamber music is like a conversation among educated people."

    Goslarsche Zeitung, Carsten Jelinski, 15.08.2016

     

     

  • Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Munich

    A young ensemble with such infectious enthusiasm the audience cannot neglect – not to mention the perfect technique. Those who heard the group will come back.(...) An explosion of temperament with  rhythm and color. (...) Their gripping musicianship is evidently the decisive factor in their way of dealing with music.

    TZ München, Beate Kayser, 04.03.2016

  • CD review: Arcis Saxophone Quartet plays Enjott Schneider

    The CD contains five examples of Enjott Schneider's composition versatility, this time dedicated to a saxophone quartet. (…) 77 minutes of this life and afterlife inspirations, a cosmos of sounds and tones from almost inaudible to sound storm (…). All four musicians of Arcis Saxophone Quartet convey the dazzling variety of this deliberately extramundane rooted sounds in an immensely compelling way.

    Ensemble Magazin, Diether Steppuhn, 01.2014

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    Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Ulm

    The Six Bagatelles of Ligeti highlighted the evening of […] which was put into sharp perspective by the artists. Also glorious: the Patchwork by Philippe Geiss which lived up to one's name. Tremendously good!

    Südwest Presse, Burkhard Schäfer, 25.11.2015

  • "Our goal is the sound of strings"

    The "Six bagatelles" by Ligeti were presented in the composer's authorized version for saxophone quartet. It did not only convince because of the faultless technique but especially because of its musical sensibility and its thrilling and communicative vitality. Nobody needs to have fears of contact with such clear and inspiring interpretations.

    Ensemble Magazin, Isabel Herzfeld, 01.11.2014

Programmes

Programme 1: all'ongareseGyörgy Ligeti: Six Bagatelles
Ferenc Farkas: Old Hungarian Dances
Erwin Schulhoff: 5 pieces for string quartet
Bela Bartok: Rumanian Folk Dances
Izidor Leitinger: Suita quasi balkanika
Pedro Iturralde: Pequena Czardas
Programme 2:Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonata a minor: Allegro
Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonata E major: Andante
Outi Tarkiainen: Commission piece
Edvard Grieg: The Holberg Suite op. 40
Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
Astor Piazzolla: L’Histoire du Tango

American DreamsSteve Reich: New York Counterpoint
Antonin Dvorak: Quartet F Major op. 96 „American"
Leonard Bernstein: "West Side Story" for saxophone quartet
Samuel Barber: Adagio
George Gershwin/Sylvain Dedenon: „Porgy and Bess“ Suite
 
American Dreams: Quintet with Vineta Sareika, violinDates upon request Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint
Antonin Dvorak: Quartet F major op. 96 „American"
George Gershwin/Sylvain Dedenon: „Porgy and Bess“ Suite
Marc Marder: I came with shoes/Je suis venu avec des chaussures for saxophone quartet and violin
Leonard Bernstein: "West Side Story" for saxophone quartet and violin

http://www.hoertnagel.com/en/touring/tour-portrait/details/american-dreams.html            
Arcis Saxophone Quartet meets Duo Raphaela Gromes-Julian Riem: The French American Connection (from 2017/18)12. - 21.01.2018, 17. - 31.08.2018 Camille Saint-Saens: Cello Concert a minor (saxophone quartet and cello)
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (saxophone quartet and piano)
Francis Poulenc: Trio op. 43 (piano, cello and sopran saxophone)
George Gershwin: An American in Paris – Suite (quartet and duo)
Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole (quartet and duo)

http://www.hoertnagel.com/en/touring/tour-portrait/details/arcis-meets-duo-gromes-riem.html
Dances of Russia with Ferhan and Ferzan Önder pianoDates upon request Sergei Rachmaninov: From "Symphonic Dances" op. 45: 1. Non allegro (arr. Miha Ferk)
Sergei Prokofiev: Suite from ballet "Romeo and Julia" (arr. Miha Ferk)
Aleksey Igudesman: Work for saxophone quartet and piano duo

http://www.hoertnagel.com/en/touring/tour-portrait/details/arcis-oenders-sextett.htm
                           
Saxophone Quartet and ChoirErkki-Sven Tüür: Meditatio for saxophone quartet and choir
Gija Kantscheli: Amao Omi for saxophone quartet and choir
Eric Whitacre/ arr. ASQ: Five Hebrew Love Songs for saxophone quartet and choir
Orlando di Lasso: Missa "Bell' Amfitrit' altera"
Saxophone Quartet and OrchestraLuke Bedford: Concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra
Philip Glass: Concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra

Discography

Rasch

Arcis Saxophone Quartet

Works by Bach, Gershwin und Donatoni
Patrick Stapleton (percussion)
Erika Mikami (piano)

Genuin, DDD (2016)

Arcis Saxophone Quartet plays ENJOTT SCHNEIDER

Arcis Saxophone Quartet

Michael Schöch (Organ)

Ambiente Audio (2013)

Repertoire

Bach, Johann Sebastian arr. ASQ Air
Bozza, Eugène Andante et Scherzo
Desenclos, Alfred Quatour pour Saxophones
Fauré, Gabriel/ arr. Schmidt Pavane
Geiss, Philippe Patchwork
Gershwin, George/arr. Schlei Three Preludes
Granados, Enrique/arr. ASQ Andaluza (No. 5) aus 12 Danzas Espanolas
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus/arr. ASQ Adagio und Fuge in c-Moll (KV 546)
Nyman, Michael Songs for Tony

Here to There
Piazzolla, Artur/arr. Markeas Michelangelo
Pierné, Gabriel Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire
Saint-Saëns, Camille/arr. Enzel The Carnival of the Animals
Schneider, Enjott Crucifixus for saxophone quartet and organ

Panta rhei - Mantras for saxophone quartet

Ringelnatz-Suite for saxophone quartet
Tüür, Erkki-Sven Lamentatio für Saxophonquartett