Melisma Saxophone Quartet & Ole Chr. Haagenrud, piano - Grieg in Bergen 2020
MON 17. & WED 19. AUG at 7.30 pm

David Cristóbal Litago, sopran saxophone
Marijke Schröer, alt saxophone
Henriette Jensen, tenor saxophone
Jonas Tschanz, bariton saxophone

& Ole Chr Haagenrud, piano

For those of you who have attended our festival earlier, both Ole Chr Haagenrud and Melisma should be familiar to you. Not only an extraordinary and very successful international saxophone quartet, but they also write their own arrangement of works originally composed for other instruments. The very high quality of these arrangements can clearly be heard in Gershwin´s Rhapsody in Blue, where you hardly notice that 4 saxophone players are the only ones (instead of a full symphony orchester) backing the piano solo part.

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GEORGES BIZET (1838 - 1875)
L´Arlesienne, excerpts from eponymous Orchestral Suite

Romeo and Julie

Porgy and Bess, excerpts from eponymous Opera
Rhapsody in Blue

EDVARD GRIEG (1843-1907)
from Lyrical Pieces

The MELISMA SAXOPHONE QUARTET is one of the most ambitious and promising chamber music formations of its generation. The quartet’s international synergy of four different nationalities has allowed the group to develop a unique musical language whilst consistently dazzling audiences... with their refreshing brand of musical interpretation.

Since the quartet’s genesis in 2009 in Amsterdam, the quartet has performed in numerous concert series and been invited to a host of festivals all over Europe. This remarkable list includes the 1st Bach Festival Dordrecht (The Netherlands), Davos Festival (Switzerland) and the Grieg in Bergen Festival (Norway). The quartet’s performances have been recorded and broadcast by the Swiss radio SRF2, the Dutch Radio4 and Mexican radio IMER, often direct from concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Schouwburg Rotterdam and the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht.

“The Melisma Saxophone Quartet is able to offer everything that a 21st century chamber ensemble needs to succeed: alongside flawless technical prowess and an outstanding quality of sound, the four young, charismatic saxophonists radiate the unbridled joy of music making, the sensitivity of ensemble and a passion that is thoroughly captivating on the concert stage.”

Graziella Contratto, Davos Festival Artistic Director 2007 – 2013.

The Melisma Saxophone Quartet also maintains a presence beyond the European continent. In Summer 2016 they toured Mexico working with the Mexican composer Enrique Mendoza. In April 2015 the quartet performed its Chinese debut playing to capacity audiences at the NCPA National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shenzhen Concert Hall and the Guangzhou Opera House, among others. In May 2011, the four musicians were invited to the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, the first ever Dutch ensemble to compete in this, one of the most important competitions for chamber music worldwide. The internationally renowned jury awarded the quartet four “Honourable Mentions” in the final round of the competition.

“The outstanding Melisma Quartet offers musical interpretations that are fresh, dynamic and profound. The success of this winning ensemble is the logical result of excellent soloists who afford the fine amalgamation of musical intensity over a long period of time.”

Professor Reinhold Friedrich, Member of the Jury and renowned trumpeter Melisma’s debut album was released on Gateway Music (Denmark) in 2015 with music by J. S. Bach, E. Grieg, G. Ligeti and the Dutch composer

OLE CHRISTIAN HAAGENRUD (born 1989) is considered one of Norway’s most promising young pianists. He recently completed the prestigious Artist Diploma at the Norwegian State Academy of Music, where professors Jens Harald Bratlie and Håvard Gimse were his teachers. He has now been accepted for Talent Norway’s prestigious ArtEx (Artist in Excellence) program, a mentoring and coaching program offered to newly graduated artists on the highest national and international level.

Ole Christian holds numerous prizes and awards from national and international music competitions. In 2008 he won the Norwegian Youth Music Championship, receiving the special award as Musician of the year. In 2014 he won the Robert Levin Festival Prize. Ole Christian has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, and many of his performances have been broadcast on national and international TV and radio.

Ole Christian is in high demand as a chamber musician and accompanist, having collaborated with musicians such as Lars Anders Tomter, Henning Kraggerud, and Arve Tellefsen. He is regularly performing at major festivals both in Norway and abroad. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has given concerts in Denmark, England, China, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Austria, and the USA. He has appeared at prestigious venues including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Brahms Saal in Musikverein (Vienna), JF Kennedy Center (Washington DC), The Great Guild Hall (Riga), Stephaniensaal (Graz), The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall (Vilnius), The Slovenian Philharmonic Hall (Bratislava), Casa da Musica (Porto), The Grieg Hall (Bergen), The Norwegian Opera, and Oslo Concert Hall.

Concert Info
Melisma Saxophone Quartet
& Ole Chr. Haagenrud, piano

Monday 17th &
Wednesday 19th of August
at 7.30 pm

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