MELISMA SAXOPHONE QUARTET is an ambitious international ensemble based in the Netherlands. Since its formation in Amsterdam in 2009 the quartet has distinguished itself as a very talented group performing chamber music on a remarkable high level.
The quartet is performing throughout Europe and around the world. Apart from playing concerts the quartet has achieved brilliant results in major international chamber music competitions.
In May 2011 the quartet was invited to participate in the prestigious 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan as the first Dutch ensemble ever. Not only did they win the 4th place, but they also received honourable mentions for their performances in one of the worlds most prestigious chamber music competitions with an international renowned jury.
Melisma Saxophone Quartet’s repertoire encompasses many different styles and genres. The traditional repertoire for saxophone quartet is fundamental to the group, but the quartet is also curious to find new repertoire and they often do their own arrangements.
Melisma Saxophone Quartet is an open-minded ensemble. They enjoy collaborating with other musicians, exploring different musical styles and new ways of performing e.g. by combining the visual concept of a performance with the music itself to take the concert experience to another level.
Four nationalities (Swiss, Danish, Spanish and Dutch) come together in the quartet and create their own musical language. That is one of the things that makes this group unique and each concert is an exciting chamber music experience!
Melisma Saxophone Quartet has performed in major concert halls in the Netherlands and abroad, for instance in The Manuel de Falla Hall (Madrid, Spain), Izumi hall (Osaka, Japan), Orgelpark (Amsterdam), and at major festivals e.g. The 1st Bach Festival in Dordrecht 2010 (NL), The Davos Festival 2012 in Switzerland and the World Saxophone Congress 2012 in St. Andrews. The quartet has also played live on the Dutch national Radio 4 directly from the Spiegelzaal in Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).
OLE CHR. HAAGENRUD, born in Bergen in 1989, was only 6 years old when he started playing the piano. At the present time he is a student at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, where his teacher is professor Jens Harald Bratlie. In addition to this, he also takes lessons with professor Leif Ove Andsnes.
Ole Christian has been awarded 1st prizes in several competitions, and in 2008 he was awarded the prize ”Musician of the Year” in Norway. He was also one of the finalists in the live broadcast “Virtuoso" competition on television and radio.
Ole Christian performs regularly with orchestras in Norway. He has appeared in piano concertos by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky with professional orchestras such as The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and Oslo Symphony Orchestra. He is also an active chamber musician, regularly appearing in festivals in Norway and abroad. He has had solo and chamber music performances in Holland, Russia, Austria, Germany, Portugal, England, Switzerland, Poland, Slovenia and Lithuania.