Le Quatuor International de Saxophones brings together four musicians from three continents, united by their dedication to the art of chamber music. First formed in 2002 for performances at the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis, the quartet represents the synergy of different
personalities, musical aesthetics, and cultural experiences, all supported by an enduring friendship. The QIS has performed in Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Japan, Scotland, Slovenia, Thailand, and the USA. They have commissioned new works by composers Roger Boutry, Chen Yi, Frédéric Devreese, Kushida Testurosuke, Sylvain Kassap, Junichi Nihashi, Carol Barnett, Carlton Macy, François Rossé, Andriy Talpash, and Yasushiro Kasamatsu. Each year the four saxophonists meet in different parts of the world to perform together and explore contemporary music from composers of diverse cultures and national backgrounds.
Jean-Pierre Baraglioli (France), soprano
William Street (Canada), alto
Keiji Munesada (Japan), tenor
Richard Dirlam (United States), baritone
Le Quatuor International de Saxophones will be in residence in Minnesota in February 2024 for several weeks of concerts and masterclasses. During this tour we will be joined by pianist/organist Dr. Jacob Benda on the faculty of St. Thomas University Music Department. Our repertoire will include original works for saxophone quartet and organ, quartet and piano, saxophone quartet, and new works by Minnesota composers, notably Caro Barnett and Carlton Macy.