These four young musicians from Munich possess charismatic and authentic stage presence and set audiences aflame with their spark-throwing enthusiasm and burning passion for this rare form of chamber music.
In their highly professional, exact interpretations, Arcis Saxophone Quartet explores the relationship between individual expressivity and interwoven ensemble performance. In doing so, they captivate listeners with their joy of playing and expressive depth. Their eagerness to communicate with each other gives a sense that they are performing with one unified musical voice. The resulting effect is far-reaching sonically and musically, with the saxophone’s entire spectrum of color coming to light.
Arcis Saxophone Quartet has won several awards and competitions, including the First Prizes at the Musikwettbewerb des Kulturkreises Gasteig e.V. (Munich); at the International Music Competition Concorso Argento (Italy); and at the First Classical Music International Internet-Festival “Chance Music” (Russia). They also won third prize at the 13th Chieri International Competition (Italy), as well as second prize at the Chamber Music Competition of the Alice Samter Foundation Berlin. In 2015 they won First Prize at the Fourth International Contest – Festival of Chamber Ensemble Performance named after T.A. Gaidamovich in Magnitogorsk (Russia), and in 2016 they won First Prize at the First Rising Stars Grand Prix International Music Competition in Berlin.
The ensemble was founded in 2009 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, and studied chamber music under the Artemis Quartet, with additional instruction from Koryun Asatryan and Prof. Berger in Munich. March of 2013 saw the release of their first CD on Ambient Audio, Arcis Saxophon Quartett spielt Enjott Schneider. The quartet has been a member of the European Chamber Music Academy since 2014.
After their international debut in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow’s Great Hall and a concert in Wigmore Hall, the Quartet marked a new milestone in their career an the invitation to perform at the Berlin Philharmonie.
Arcis Saxophone Quartet is Claus Hierluksch (soprano saxophone); Ricarda Fuss (alto saxophone); Edoardo Zotti (tenor saxophone); and Jure Knez (baritone saxophone).
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J.S. Bach, Italian Concerto, BWV 971
I – Allegro
II – Andante
III – Presto
Gershwin, Jasbo Brown, Porgy and Bess
Gershwin, Summertime, Porgy and Bess
Gershwin, There’s a Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon, Porgy and Bess
Gershwin, It Ain’t Necessarily So, Porgy and Bess
Gershwin, Porgy and Bess
Franco Donatoni, Rasch II
Luke Bedford, Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra
2018/19 Program Offerings
- American Dreams
Reich, Gershwin, Dvořák, Bernstein, Barber
- Without Limits
Gershwin, Bach, Haydn, Ligeti, Bartók, Farkas
- Arcis With Orchestra
- Arcis With Choir
Tüür, Kantscheli, Whitacre, di Lasso, Bach
Current & Recent Programs
- Concerto Offerings
Arcis Saxophone Quartet is pleased to offer the following concerti:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Italian Concerto BWV 971 (Arr. ASQ)
Philip Glass (b. 1937)
Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra
Luke Bedford (b. 1978)
Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra (Commissioned by ASQ)
Arcis Saxophone Quartet will discuss their experience as an ensemble with their workshops for children and teens.