© Harald Hoffmann
© Harald Hoffmann

Arcis Saxophone Quartet with Martin Funda, violin

American Dreams

Dates upon request
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.

Martin Funda, violin

Martin Funda is a leading member and founding member of the Armida Quartet and has been a popular guest on the international music scene since winning the International Music Competition of the ARD 2012, where the Quartet won first prize, the Audience Award and six other special prizes.

As a junior student, he studied with Prof. Anne-Katrin Lindig at the Liszt School of Music Weimar and then studied with Prof. Nora Chastain at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Other musical impulses came from Antje Weithaas, Norbert Brainin, Kolja Blacher, Donald Weilerstein, Tabea Zimmermann, Günter Pichler, Natalia Prischepenko and the Artemis Quartet.

He grew up in a family of musicians – his father is an orchestra musician, his mother is a music educator. Not least, this led to Martin's interest in a diverse career. In addition to his intensive work as the principal of the Armida Quartet, he is equally passionate about teaching and working with larger ensembles.

He gained his first orchestral experience in the European youth orchestras, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. During his studies he regularly worked as assistant to the Berliner Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Kammerorchester Berlin and is currently working as a guest concertmaster and artistic director of various orchestras and ensembles in Germany.

The Armida Quartet was BBC's "New Generation Artist" and was included in ECHO's Rising Stars program for the season 2016/17, performing in the world's most popular concert series and playing at international festivals several highly acclaimed CD recordings and was included with the debut CD in the best list of German record critics.

Since 2015, the quartet has been the artistic advisor for the new edition of all string quartets by W.A. Mozart of G. Henle Verlag and presents them in the coming years on a new complete recording.

From 2012 - 2016, Martin Funda taught at the Berlin University of the Arts as an assistant professor of the Artemis Quartet. He passes on his experiences as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician to young musicians with great enthusiasm and prepares students for entrance exams, orchestral rehearsals, competitions and concerts.

Season 2017/18





  • 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