Remco Jak - soprano saxophone
Olivier Sliepen - alto saxophone
Bas Apswoude - tenor saxophone
Harry Cherrin - baritone saxophone
Chameleonic and passionate, that would be the best way to describe the four saxophonists that make up the Amstel Quartet. Whether it is old music or the very latest sounds, pop music, jazz, classical or world music – once you hear the Amstel Quartet play, all borders between these genres simply fade away. Technical limitations appear non-existent and musical boundaries are there merely to be crossed.
This adventurous attitude has brought the foursome a multitude of admirers worldwide. And justifiably so, because a performance by the Amstel Quartet has the thrilling energy of a pop concert. The quartet takes you along on a breath-taking and moving journey time and again. It is not without reason that the Dutch press has dubbed the Amstel Quartet ‘The most colourful saxophone quartet in the world.’
The Amstel Quartet frequently wins awards. The Concert Artists Guild Management Award, the Kersjes Prize and the Gaudeamus International Interpreters Award are just a few examples of the quartet’s international acclaim.
Venues and tours
That international recognition is also reflected in the venues that the ensemble frequently play: in addition to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Philharmonie in Luxembourg and Carnegie Hall in New York the four saxophonists also tour the stages of Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan, Canada and the United States.
The Amstel Quartet has released 9 CDs so far, through their own label Amstel Records. Those recordings are as versatile as the ensemble itself: ranging from pieces composed or arranged especially for the Amstel Quartet to minimal maestros and Indian tabla. Their latest album of French Chansons (Sax avec Elan!), was hailed in the Dutch press as “saxy chansons brimming with joie de vivre.” National daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad wrote: “You immediately imagine yourself in vaudeville. The saxophonic virtuosos of the Amstel Quartet feel at ease with every style of music.”
In the upcoming season the Amstel Quartet will be starting a project with the grand piano quartet Rondane. The main focus will be music by Simeon ten Holt. In 2018 the Amstel Quartet will be traveling to Asia for a tour in China, Taiwan and/of Japan.