Maat Saxophone Quartet wins Storioni Competition 2019
The Maat Saxophone Quartet has won the Finale of the Storioni Competition on Saturday May 18 in Warehouse of Innovation in Eindhoven. Part of the prize was a live performance on Dutch NPO Radio 4 on Sunday May 19. Furthermore, there will be concerts for them in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and at the Classic Music Podium in Eindhoven, amongst other places.
Seven ensembles have participated in the Competition. The preliminary round was held on May 16 in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, with the members of the Storioni Trio in the jury. On the 17th they have coached the three ensembles which were selected for the Finale.
The other finalists next to the Maat Saxophone Quartet were the SanTella Duo with the sisters Stella Zake (violin) and Santa Zake (piano), and the ZEAL Ensemble with Celine Debacquer (soprano), Helena Faes (violoncello) and Saskia Van Herzeele (piano).
The members of the jury in the Finale were Sven-Arne Tepl (director of the Residentie Orkest The Hague, chairman of the jury), Cécile Gouder de Beauregard (programmer classical music at TivoliVredenburg Utrecht), Marjolijn Sengers (journalist, programmer of the Podium Klassiek Eindhoven), and Jeroen Smits (programmer classical music at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven).
Edition 2019 was the 9th of the Storioni Competition. This time is was presented in the framework of Music in the Streets, a new part of the Storioni Festival with many chamber music performnaces in the streets and in special location in the city centre of Eindhoven. The competition was open for chamber music ensembles with musicians who study at a conservatoire in The Netherlands or Belgium, or who have graduated recently.
New concert format
All competition participants had to write a plan to reach out for a new audience. They had to take the performance space into account in their plan as well. The Warehouse of Innovation is not a ‘standard’ concert venue. The winners made a format based on a dream. In the transitions between the works performed by Debussy (Rêverie) and Guillermo Lago a spoken text was played back from a tape to include the audience in the ‘dream’ of this performance.
Maat Saxophone Quartet
Daniel Ferreira, soprano saxophone
Catarina Gomes, alto saxophone
Pedro Silva, tenor saxophone
Mafalda Oliveira, baritone saxophone
Maat Saxophone Quartet is a 100% Portuguese ensemble, founded and based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Prize-winners of the most prestigious classical music competition in Portugal “Prémio Jovens Músicos”, the ensemble combines four musicians from the same country and was born from the great desire and passion of making music together. With an ongoing activity between Portugal and The Netherlands, this young quartet already performed at Willem Twee Concertzaal in –s’Hertogenbosch, Cenakel in Tilburg, “Grande Auditório” of Coimbra Music Conservatory, Casa da Música and “Grande Auditório” of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Portugal. In 2018 they are one of the finalists at the “Willem Twee Chamber Music Competition”, at the Willem Twee Concertzaal in –s’Hertogenbosch, won the 1st prize in “National Chamber Music Competition” of Vila Verde, Portugal, and are finalists of the Grachtenfestival Competition. Students from the saxophone class of Arno Bornkamp, at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the quartet has guidance from Arno Bornkamp and Willem van Merwijk, having also worked regularly with Ties Mellema, Lars Niederstrasser, Nuno Pinto, Ricardo Silva and António José Pereira.