© 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)

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet was founded in 2008 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.

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 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: at Wigmore Hall London, Berlin Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow, in Munich, Heilbronn, Regensburg and festivals such as Grafenegg, Oberstdorf, Klangfeste Musicali Bozen, Marvao Portugal as well as tours to Marocco,Saudi Arabia and China. This season marks the debut of the quartet in USA in Oregon as well as concerts in Ecuador, Peru, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. The quartet performed with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin the world premiere of Luke Bedford’s Saxophone Concerto.

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 2018/19

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Arcis Saxophone Quartet: Sicily Tour

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet gives two concerts in Trapani on 12 April and in Palermo on 16 April performing the programme "American Dreams" with music by Dvorak, Bernstein, Barber, Gershwin and Reich.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet at Musikwoche Hitzacker

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs at Musikwoche Hitzacker on 17 March the programme American Dreams with music by Reich, Dvorak, Gershwin, Barber and Bernstein.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Berlin

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet guests at Berlin Watergate on 4 March to perform parts of the programme Dances of Russia with pianists Ferhan and Ferzan Önder.

Arcis Saxophone Quartett in Kaufbeuren

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs the programme American Dreams in Kaufbeuren on 26 January.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Moers

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet guests in Moers on 13 January to perform the programme American Dreams.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet & Christian Felix Benning

On 31 January the Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs in Dachau J.S. Bach Italian Concerto, Dvorak String quartet op. 96 American, Bartok Rumanian Folk dances, Gershwin

Porgy & Bess Suite, Barber Adagio for Strings, Bernstein West Side Story as well as John Williams Cantina Band from Star Wars etc. together with Christian Felix Benning percussion.

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Arcis Saxophone Quartet celebrates 10th anniversary

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet celebrates its 10th anniversary in a special concert featuring all musical styles in Munich at Einstein on 16 December. Among the musical guests will be Ferhan & Ferzan Önder, Raphaela Gromes and Julian Riem.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Kufstein

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet, cellist Raphaela Gromes and pianist Julian Riem will be heard in Kufstein on 23 October featuring Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto, Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' and Ravel's 'Rapsodie espagnole'.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Coburg

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet presents the programme "American Dreams" with music by Reich, Dvorak, Bernstein, Barber and Gershwin in Coburg on 1 October.

Arcis Saxophon Quartett at rbb Kulturradio Watergate Club Berlin

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs at Watergate Lounge in Berlin on 31 August George Gershwin/Sylvain Dedenon's "Porgy and Bess" Suite within the summer concerts.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Wädenswil

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs in Wädenswil (CH) on 26 August together with cellist Raphaela Gromes and pianist Julian Riem Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto, Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' and Ravel's 'Rapsodie espagnole'.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Regensburg

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet presents its acclaimed programme "American Dreams" (Steve Reich, Dvorak, Barber, Gershwin, Bernstein) in Regensburg at REWAG Klassik Open Air concert on 3 August.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet at Marvao Festival

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs at Marvao Festival in Portugal works by Dvorak, J.S. Bach and Ferenc Farkas on 25 July.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Liesborn

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet presents its acclaimed programme "American Dreams" (Steve Reich, Dvorak, Barber, Gershwin, Bernstein) at Liesborn Festival on 16 June.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Villach

The Arcis Saxophone Quartets features the programme American Dreams with music by Steve Reich, Dvorak, Gershwin, Samuel Barber and Bernstein in Villach on 17 May.

Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Wetzikon

The Arcis Saxophone Quartet presents the programme "American Dreams"(quartet version) in Wetzikon (CH) on 2 March with works by Steve Reich, Antonin Dvorak, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein.

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 Saxophone Quartet 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.


  • Perfect groove and magic sound

    The Arcis Saxophone Quartet creates such a homogeneous four-voice sound in this metropolitan, pulsating sound of Steve Reich, that you have to look again and again, who is playing which melody. [...] A sound, perfect in groove and intonation, to kneel down. The four musicians master Dvorak's String Quartet op. 96 in the arrangement brilliantly and clearly. They have to relocate to other effects than strings and can jazz the syncopation so much that some of those can learn a thing from them. [...] Samuel Barber's "Adagio" was charmed by the four musicians inwardly. Finally, they impress with Gershwin's suite "Porgy and Bess". [...] An evening with a demanding programme that has a lot of depth and is so incredibly weightless.

    Süddeutsche Zeitung, Ulrich Möller-Arnsberg, 16.11.2018

  • Arcis Saxophone Quartet in Munich

    In the slow second movement of Dvorak's "American" quartet, the saxophone vocals of the four enchanted. This was also successful with Samuel Barber's Adagio for strings. The two suites from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" and George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" showed all the qualities of this brilliant quartet: Vitality, interplay of chamber music, contagious playfulness and a virtuoso, tonal elegance of interplaying that turns four individual players into a first-class formation. Huge applause!

    Süddeutsche Zeitung, Harald Eggebrecht, 18.03.2018



  • Arcis Saxophone Quartet with "American Dreams" in Heilbronn

    The refreshingly young Arcis Saxophone Quartet takes a long way in "American Dreams" from Steve Reich to Antonin Dvorak, Gershwin and Bernstein and becomes a mobile body of sound, lively and listening to eachother. (...) The quartet has commissioned a new piece by Marc Marder, an American who has written a lot of theatre music and he attended this concert. The young violinist Florian Schötz complements the excitingly shimmering quartet here and is a source of inspiration for this piece.

    Heilbronner Stimme, Michaela Adick, 08.02.2018

  • 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


    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


    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




    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


    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

  • 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


The Great MastersGyörgy Ligeti: Six Bagatelles
Antonin Dvorak: String quartet F major op. 96 "American"
Joseph Haydn/David Walter: String quartet op. 20 Nr. 5 F minor
J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto
W.A.Mozart: Divertimento F major, KV 138
Bela Bartok: Rumanian Folk Dances
Felix Mendelssohn: Capriccio in E minor
George Gershwin: "Porgy and Bess" Suite
Belle Époquefrom 2019/20 Maurice Ravel/Arr ASQ: String Quartet in F major (op. 35)
Edvard Grieg/Arr ASQ: 3 Lyric Pieces
Spanish Suite,
with video installation (arrangements by ASQ):
Isaac Albeniz: Aragon (from: Suite espagnola op. 47)
Isaac Albeniz: Sevilla
Enrique Granados: Berceuse (from: Escenas Románticas)
Manuel de Falla: Danza No. 2 (from: La vida breve)
Interlude with scenic music based on:
Claude Debussy: Syrinx L. 129 and small commissioned solo compositions (N.N.)
Vincent Peirani: Belle Époque (commissioned; rearrangement of the CD Belle Époque with the Duo Peirani/Parisien)
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 Florian Schötz, 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

Arcis Saxophone Quartett meets Duo Raphaela Gromes-Julian Riem: The French-American ConnectionCamille Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto a minor (quartett & violoncello)
Claude Debussy: Sonata for violoncello and piano D minor (duo)
Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole (quartet & duo)
Leonard Bernstein: "West Side Story" (quartet)
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (quartet & piano)

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

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



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)