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. In 2017, KQ won the Second Prize at the prestigious M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition in Ann-Arbor, MI (USA).
Founded in 2013 in Amsterdam, the quartet was named after a 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.
Since 2016, KQ is regularly performing and giving workshops at the Gaudeamus Music Week (Utrecht), as well as Singapore Saxophone Symposium, Thailand International Composers Festival and more. Repertoire of KQ includes major commissions to contemporary composers such as Thierry Tidrow, Christian Lauba, Alexey Retinsky. In 2019, KQ started a collaboration with Amstel Quartet and recorded an album “Todos los fuegos el fuego” by Maxim Shalygin, which was acclaimed as one of the best classical albums of the year in the Netherlands.