St.-Petersburg saxophon quartet
St.-Petersburg saxophon quartet

The St. Petersburg Saxophone Quartet was formed in 1987, and has since established a strong reputation for performing new music in Russia and abroad. To date, over 30 works have been composed for and premiered by the Quartet, primarily by Russian composers. Winning new-found enthusiasm for the saxophone quartet and its diverse repertory, the ensemble’s program ranges also from the Baroque to innovative contemporary works to imaginative transcriptions. Moving beyond the traditional repertory for four saxophones, SPSQ performs works covering composers from Jan P. Sweelinck (1562-1621), Bach, Mozart to Glazunov, a turn-of-the-century Russian composer who was one of the first composers for saxophone quartet, and genres from Classical works to contemporary works with funk and jazz influences. For more than a fifteen years SPSQ has been responsible for a significant broadening of the repertoire for saxophone quartet through its commissioning projects, premiering new works by Nikolaj Petrov, Artur Nikiforof and many others.

Festival in Palencia (Spain)
Festival in Palencia (Spain)

The St. Petersburg Saxophone Quartet has been dedicated to the performance of new works since its inception. Since then, the Quartet has endeavored to work with composers of the highest artistic accomplishment, and to expand its efforts to work with composers from other countries. For example, in 1994, the group was fortunate to receive a piece written by Russian composer Vladislav Ivanovsky, and further collaborated with German composer Dieter Salbert on an arrangement for saxophones of his work Musik Fuer Vier Holzblaeser.

In its concert performances, the St. Petesburg Saxophone Quartet has had the opportunity to play in many excellent halls and festivals. SPSQ has performed frequently in St. Petersburg's famous Philharmonia Hall. International tours have brought the ensemble all over Europe, as well as to Africa (Marocco). Tours and performances in 1995-96 took place in Lithuania, Estland, Finnland, Germany. Modern music festivals which have featured the ensemble include White Nights (Russia), Neue Nacht (Germany), Puestas de Sol (Spain) and many more.
Since 2006, the St.Petersburg Saxophone Quartet has run a International Workshop for Classical Saxophone in Germany. In 2006, 25 students from many parts of the world (Scotland, England, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria) took part.
Here´s a concert-clip with "Spanish Rhapsody" (V. Bystrov)