Finalist of the prestigious Dutch Classical Talent Award 2017/2018, the Ardemus Quartet was forged through a burning passion for chamber music (Ardemus lat.: we burn). The four young international musicians combine seamlessly to create a refreshing musical experience.
The quartet performs throughout the Netherlands and Europe and has been a guest artist at numerous festivals including the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht (NL), Grachtenfestival Amsterdam (NL), Wonderfeel Festival (NL), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (DE), Westfalen Classics (DE), Festival Next Generation Bad Ragaz (CH), Osor Musical Evenings (HR), St. Mark's Festival Zagreb (HR), and has performed in concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lisinski Hall Zagreb, Izumi Hall Osaka, Konzerthaus Berlin, Scala Basel and the BOZAR Brussels.
Since its formation in Amsterdam (2014), the Ardemus Quartet has been successful in various national and international competitions, amongst others: Boris Papandopulo Competition in Zagreb (2015), Grachtenfestival Concours in Amsterdam (2016), International Competition for Young Musicians Ferdo Livadić in Samobor (2016), and was a semi-finalist in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan (2017). In 2018 the Ardemus Quartet toured throughout The Netherlands as a finalist of the Dutch Classical Talent Award.
They have collaborated with stage directors Annechien Koerselman and Margrith Vrenegoor, with pianists Boris Kusnezow and Mario Häring, the Cantus Ensemble and composers Tijmen van Tol, Davorin Kempf, Sanda Majurec and Donald Yu.
In May 2019 the Ardemus Quartet released their debut CD "TRACES" with Cobra Records.
The ensemble has studied with Arno Bornkamp and Sven Arne Tepl at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy with Marc Danel and Gilles Millet (Quatuor Danel). They have attended masterclasses by Luc-Marie Aguera (Ysaÿe Quartet), Prof. Eberhard Feltz (HfM Hans Eisler Berlin), Petr Prause (Talich Quartet), Stefan Metz (Orlando Quartet), Donald Grant (Elias Quartet) and Misha Amory (Brentano Quartet).
The Ardemus Quartet is a D'Addario Woodwinds artist.
Lisa Wyss – soprano saxophone
Lovro Merčep – alto saxophone
Jenita Veurink – tenor saxophone
Deborah Witteveen – baritone saxophone
The Nederlands Saxofoon Octet (Dutch Saxophone Octet, in short “NS8”) was founded in 2014 in Amsterdam by a group of recently graduated saxophonists. They wanted to go beyond the standard saxophone quartet and decided to form a saxophone octet. With a sopranino and a bass-saxophone, and all sorts of saxophones in between, the ensemble has a wide range that allows interesting adaptations to a range of music, varying from chamber music to symphonies. NS8 received permission from the Schönberg Foundation to adapt and perform Schönbergs Verklärte Nacht.
The NS8 also collaborates with composers of contemporary music. They premiered Via Dolorosa from Bernard van Beurden and collaborated in a grand project celebrating the twenty-year anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. In the Netherlands, NS8 has performed in TivoliVredenburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. They have appeared as guests at various festivals including the Grachtenfestival, Wonderfeel, Mañana Mañana, Uitgast, Cityproms, the Oranjewoud Festival, and Festival Classique.
In November 2019 the NS8 released their debut CD "Canto Ostinato" with Cobra Records.
David Cristóbal Litago – sopranino saxophone
Lisa Wyss – soprano saxophone
Dineke Nauta & Tom Sandermann – alto saxophones
Jenita Veurink & Nina van Helvert – tenor saxophones
Juan Manuel Dominguez – baritone saxophone
Marijke Schröer – bass saxophone
A unique project by the Nederlands Saxofoon Octet and yoga teacher Daphne Koken
8 Saxophones and a Yogini will guide you into a mesmerizing flow where music, breath and movement become one. Surrender to the waves of Canto Ostinato, an intriguing, ever changing yet repetitive piece of music composed by Simeon Ten Holt. Enjoy the playful interaction between movement and sound, tension and release, continuity and flow. Let the music guide you into a meditative state of mind and be hypnotized by the rhythm of a continuous yoga flow of breathe and movement. Dive into an adventure that invites the mind to become still and nourishes the soul. Let the music move you on an emotional level and enjoy a wonderful journey through inner space.