The Keuris Quartet (KQ) is an international saxophone quartet, specializing in the interpretation of classical contemporary music. After winning First Prize at the inaugural Strasbourg International Saxophone Quartet Competition in 2015, KQ gained international recognition and is considered as one of the brightest saxophone quartets performing today. As graduates of the Conservatory of Amsterdam and former students of legendary saxophone teacher Arno Bornkamp, these four young saxophonists, from different parts of the world, were united by their passion for performing contemporary music. Founded in 2013, the Quartet was named after Dutch composer Tristan Keuris (1946-1996), whose oeuvre includes two highlights of the contemporary saxophone quartet repertoire. The main aim of the quartet is to bring contemporary music to a broader audience by placing their program into a context that makes the music and its emotions easy to perceive. Great examples of such a context are their projects ‘’War & Peace’’ (Grachtenfestival 2015, Amsterdam), and “Sound of Running” (Festival Classique, The Hague 2014, in collaboration with Fake-duo and Dagmar Slagmolen). In May 2017, KQ won the Second Prize a the prestigious M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition in Ann-Arbor, MI (USA). Since 2016, KQ is regularly performing and giving workshops at the Gaudeamus Music Week (Utrecht, NL) as well as Singapore Saxophone Symposium. The Quartet is in a close partnership with the Mahidol University School of Music in Salaya (Thailand), where they give master-classes for young saxophonists.



Evgeny Novikov (soprano saxophone, Russia / France)

Evgeny is the primarius of our quartet. His roots lie in the city of Novosibirsk in Siberia (Russia). Therefore he brings a typical Russian feeling for a long and deep melodic lines to the sound of the quartet. He enjoyed his musical education first in Novosibirsk and later in Saint-Maur, Versailles, Paris (France), and Amsterdam (the Netherlands). He studied a post-graduate contemporary music program at the CNSM de Paris - a program that gave him opportunity to work with the young composers from all over the world and perform with the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Evgeny regularly plays on the international stage - he has participated at the music festivals across Europe, as well as in Russia, Canada, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Argentina. He teaches saxophone at the Conservatory of Noyon (France) and regularly gives master classes.

1st prize, Strasbourg International Saxophone Quartet Competition, Strasbourg, France 

2nd Prize M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition, Ann-Arbor, USA

1st prize, Concours International de saxophone, Dreux, France

6th prize, 5th Adolphe Sax International Competition, Dinant, Belgium

1st prize, Russian National Music Competition, Moscow, Russia

2nd Prize, Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Stefan de Wijs (alto saxophone / the Netherlands)

Although the quartet is based in Amsterdam, Stefan is the only Dutchman of the KQ. He plays the alto in the quartet and writes all the arrangements that the KQ performs. He has studied the saxophone at the conservatories of Tilburg, Lyon and Amsterdam. At the Conservatory of Amsterdam he obtained his master degree.

His international career as a musician brought him to festivals and concert halls in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany and Tunisia. Besides his activities as a saxophone player, he also works as a conductor and as a teacher.

1st prize, Strasbourg International Saxophone Quartet Competition, Strasbourg, France 

1st prize, Prinses Christina Concours, ’s Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands 

1st prize, 10th International Music Competition Premio Citta di Padova, Italy 

De Link Prijs 2012, an award for interpreters of contemporary music, Tilburg, the Netherlands

2nd Prize M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition, Ann-Arbor, USA

 

Michal Grycko (tenor saxophone, Poland / the Netherlands)

Lyricism and creativity – these two words best describe our irreplaceable tenor player. After his high school musical education in Poland, he spent his entire conservatory studies in Amsterdam with Arno Bornkamp.

Besides his great ear for musical art, he has a good eye for visual arts as well. He is our very own designer, photographer and video-artist. Moreover, his biggest passion is creating a synthesis of arts through the combination of music, dance and video.

1st prize, Strasbourg International Saxophone Quartet Competition, Strasbourg, France

2nd Prize M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition, Ann-Arbor, USA

 

Juan Manuel Dominguez (baritone saxophone, Argentina / the Netherlands)

Juan gives the quartet some Latin temperament that makes the quartet swing and dance on stage. As the bass in the ensemble, he is also the voice which we all build upon. With his relentless feel for rhythm he guides us through all tricky passages.

He studied at the conservatories of Buenos Aires and Amsterdam. Juan is in a very high demand in the Dutch chamber music scene. Besides his work with KQ, he also plays with many other remarkable ensembles in the Netherlands and abroad.

1st prize, Bienal Juvenil Competition, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

1st prize, Musica en Plural Competition, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

1st prize, Concurse del Ocho, Nijmegen, the Netherlands 

1st prize, Strasbourg International Saxophone Quartet Competition, Strasbourg, France 

2nd Prize M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition, Ann-Arbor, USA