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Arcis Saxophone Quartet & Florian Schötz

American Dreams

Dates upon request
American Dreams

Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint
Antonin Dvořák: 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 Selections (Boosey&Hawkes) for saxophone quartet and violin    



Florian Schötz violin

Florian Schötz was born in Munich and received his first violin lessons at the age of five. At the age of 14, he was admitted to the violin class of Prof. Rudolf-Joachim Koeckert at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. After graduating from high school in 2010, he began studying at the Musikhochschule Nürnberg in the class of Prof. Daniel Gaede. Florian Schötz has been his assistant since 2017. He also studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Prof. Gerhard Schulz.

Florian Schötz took masterclasses with Prof. Ulf Hoelscher, Prof. Heime Müller, Prof. Roman Nodel and Prof. Ingolf Turban.

Florian Schötz is a prizewinner at the national competition "Jugend musiziert", string competition of the LIONS Club Nürnberg and chamber music competition of the Mozartverein 1829 e.V. Nürnberg.

First violin of the Goldmund Quartet, Florian Schötz pursues a busy international concert career. The quartet won First Prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2018 and Second Prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition 2018.

Since the beginning of his studies Florian Schötz has been supported by "Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Munich". He also received scholarships from the Köhler-Kast-Foundation, the Richard-Wagner-Stipendienstiftung, the Sparda-Bank Nürnberg. In 2015 he was awarded the Scholarship of Germany.

Florian Schötz plays on a violin by Giovanni Paolo Maggini, a generous loan from private ownership.

Season 2019/20

Programme information:

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 Florian Schötz, first violin of Goldmund Quartet, they are taking the audience to an unique musical journey through the vast, wide America.


  • 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 and tonal elegance of interplaying that turns four individual players into a first-class formation. Huge applause!

    Süddeutsche Zeitung, Harald Eggebrecht, 18.03.2018

  • 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