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XENON

SAXOPHONE QUARTET

"A sound that enchants" (NDR)

"... deeply impressed by the musical Expressiveness and technical perfection ... "     

                                                            Günter Pichler /   Alban Berg Quartet

The four saxophonists of XENON Quartet aim at presenting their passion for music to their audience in a dynamic, innovative and modern way. XENON were all trained at the Cologne Music University and attended courses led by Prof. Daniel Gauthier (solo) and Sebastian Pottmeier (chamber music). They came together in 2010 and have since been playing numerous concerts in Germany and abroad.

 

The quartet often played on the radio (at the WDR3 „Campustour“ in May 2011, at the „Open Auditions“ in May 2013, at WDR3 Tonart in October 2014, at the WDR3 Cologne music night in September 2015) and played concerts at the „Les musicales de Grillon“ festival in France in the summer of 2012. Moreover, the quartet is a scholarship holder of „Yehudi Menuhin–LiveMusicNow Foundation“ and the „Richard – Dörken“ foundation since 2013. In October 2014, the ensemble was awarded the „Marco Fiorindo“ competition in Turin (Italy).

 

Another highlight was the performance at the Gerry-Weber-Stadion hall (summer night of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia) when the quartet was playing solo with the North-West German Philharmonic Orchestra in front of around 6.000 concert-goers. The concert was also broadcasted on television (WDR).

 

The quartet was awarded first prizes at the federal competition for young musicians “Jugend Musiziert” and was also successful at important competitions such as the “Grachtenfestival-Concours” in Amsterdam. The studies of chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln enables the quartet members to be trained by renowned musicians, e.g. the Cuarteto Casals and the clarinetist Hans-Dietrich Klaus. The quartet received a further impetus by the violinist of the Minguet Quartet Annette Reisinger.

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