Arcis is constantly pushing the traditional boundaries and concepts of the saxophone as a classical music instrument. They commissioned British composer Luke Bedford to write a concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra which received its premiere in 2017 by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Philharmonie Berlin. The Phillip Glass Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra has become a staple of saxophone quartets, and each of the four movements showcases the different timbres and tones of each saxophone.

Works on the “Arcis with Orchestra” program include:

Philip Glass, Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra 


Luke Bedford, Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra (Commissioned by ASQ in 2017 with Deutsche Symphonieorchester; Philharmonie Berlin).

“The concerto for saxophone quartet by Luke Bedford envelops the Arcis Saxophone Quartet…in abstract-cool, sometimes hard-breaking sounds.” Der Tagesspiegel


The Bedford Concerto was commissioned by Arcis Saxophon Quartett, Financed by :





In cooperation with: Deutschlandfunk Kultur.