A highly versatile chamber group, Xin Saxophone Quartet (XSQ) is one of Singapore’s leading professional saxophone quartets. Found in 2016, the name Xin Saxophone Quartet plays on the Chinese character for Heart and also the first character in Singapore’s Chinese name. It is their goal to represent Singapore by always performing with sincerity from the heart - hence the name! An additional reason for the name is the all love for performing new music, commissioning Singaporean composers – Xin also means new in Chinese. As advocates for new music, they have a resident composer for the quartet, Jay Ong. Xin Saxophone Quartet comprises of Singaporean musicians from different walks of life: Michellina Chan who graduated with Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Alexis Seah who graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in collaboration with Royal College of Music. Yi Xiang Ang is a regular with the SAF band and also a regular soloist with the Philharmonic Winds. Last but not least, Samuel Phua, a recent graduate of the Singapore School of the Arts, is the first local saxophonist to perform as a soloist with the prestigious Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The Quartet debuted at the 6th Singapore Saxophone Symposium in 2016 as guest artists performing the 5th movement of David Maslanka’s Recitation Book, an extremely upbeat and exciting piece which was very well received by the public. They had their first completely sold-out recital in December 2016 entitled Back to Basics. In 2017, they were invited by The Philharmonic Winds to perform the groovy Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango arranged for saxophone quartet at their concert entitled A Music Tapestry. Shortly after, they were invited to perform at the Esplanade upper concourse as part of their Cool Classics series.
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Xin Saxophone Quartet
Jay Ong (1995):Transit Sketches II for saxophone quartet (premiere performance)Zechariah Goh (1970): HomageDaniel Yiau (1986): Sax Drive! (premiere performance)Alexander Oon (1992): The Serpent
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