© Harald Hoffmann
© Harald Hoffmann

Arcis Saxophone Quartet with Vineta Sareika, violin

American Dreams

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American Dreams

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            

Endlessly charming prerile landscapes, the exciting pulse of the city that never sleeps, the 
"swinging" Southern life, stories full of dreams, hopes and love: in “American Dreams” the quartet
presents the whole musical range of the American Way of Life – joined by an extraordinary
partner. With Vineta Sareika, first violin of the famous Artemis Quartet they are taking the
audience to an unique musical journey through the vast, wide America.

Vineta Sareika, Violin

Violinist Vineta Sareika's multi-faceted career spans a wide range of activities from Primaria of the Artemis Quartet to soloist and recitalist. Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition, she has been performing as a soloist with the leading european orchestras and working as the first concert master of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. In addition to her concert activities, Vineta is teaching chamber music at the Universität der Künste Berlin and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.


A native of Jurmala (Latvia), Vineta Sareika began her violin studies at the age of 5. She studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris with Gérard Poulet and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Augustin Dumay. Sareika has attended the master classes of, among others, Ida Haendel, Ivry Gitlis, Zakhar Bron, Mauricio Fuks and Sergey Krylov.


Since becoming a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2009, Sareika has been invited to perform as a soloist by renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonia, Belgian National Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Lisbon Philharmonic, Latvian National Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Paul Goodwin, Gilbert Varga, Jean-Bernard Pommier and Gérard Korsten, and performs regularly on famous stages such as Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Sidney Recital Hall, Kennedy Center Washington, Wigmore Hall London or Isumi Hall Osaka.

Vineta Sareika has received the Award of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia, she was named the Instrumentalist of the Year 2009 by the Latvian Radio and was recently honored with the Great Music Award, the most prestigious cultural award of the country. She is also regularly invited by the latvian government and embassies to give performances for the major national events such as official Presidential and Royal visits. Vineta plays a Joseph Guadagnini violin (1793), which is generously on loan to her from a private sponsor.

Chamber music

Starting from the season 2012/13 Vineta Sareika joins the Artemis Quartet as its new primaria. Laureat of international prizes, member of the 'Verein Beethoven-Haus' of Bonn, the Artemis Quartet performs today in the main concert venues in the world, produces it's own concert series in Berlin Philharmonie, records exclusively for Warner Classics and teaches at the Universität der Künste of Berlin. The quartet is also in residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Vineta Sareika was a founding member of Trio Dali, in which a productive seven years long collaboration with Amandine Savary and Christian Pierre La Marca led to success in competitions in New York, Osaka, Frankfurt and Vienna, two recordings for Fuga Libera, highly acclaimed by the critics (Diapason d'Or, Choc of the Year of Classica, Editor's Choice of Gramophone) and succesful concerts worldwide.
Vineta collaborates also with artists such as Augustin Dumay, Michel Portal, Gautier Capuçon, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Peter Donohoe, Quatuor Ebène, Abdel-Rahman El Bacha, Paul Watkins, Laurence Power or Paul Meyer.

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  • 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

  • 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