The Quatuor International de Saxophones
is composed of musicians living at the four corners of world: France, Canada, Japan and the United States. These musicians have developed a sincere and enduring personal friendship reinforced by their similar musical aesthetics, their professional background and their various meetings and performances at saxophone conferences and musical festivals throughout the world, as well as their regular participation as jury members of international musical competitions, such as those in Belgium, France, Ukraine, Russia, Thailand, etc. Their careers have brought the musicians, international soloists and professors in their respective countries’ conservatories and universities, to debut this quartet for the WSCXIII in Minneapolis (2003). The experiment was a triumph; meeting both the expressive and technical needs of the music, as well as providing a dimension of friendship that supports communication and success in chamber music. The group has built upon their debut by organizing series of concerts each year: in Belgium, Canada, France, Japan, Slovenia, Thailand and the USA, etc. They have commissioned other new works by composers Francois Rossé, Roger Boutry, Sylvain Kassap, Frederic Devreese, Kushida Testurosuke, and Carleton Macy. “This is a remarkable quartet. The deep friendship of the four members comes through clearly in their performances. Since they are four of the world’s leading classical saxophonists, the level of playing is outstanding” (Saxophone Journal, Nov/Dec 2009). Each year since 2003, the members have met in different parts of the world to perform together and explore new directions in contemporary music from composers of diverse cultural and national backgrounds. Their first recording is titled Quatuor International de Saxophones Live!!
Jean-Pierre Baraglioli, soprano saxophone
William Street, alto saxophone
Keiji Munesada, tenor saxophone
Richard Dirlam, baritone saxophone