Portrait Ensemble


About us

SAXOFOURTE comprises four young Saxophonists
whose avowed goals are to break conventions and cross boundaries.

The four classically trained musicians have admirably succeeded in combining the charm and intimacy of a classical chamber music group with the passion and spontaneity of a modern “band”. As they are confronted with a variety of repertoire they are repeatedly challenged to open themselves to new ideas and to immerse themselves in different styles. The energetic and inspiring performances of Saxofourte are a true experience for the senses, in concert and on CD.

Daniela Wahler, Veronika Hanrath, Thomas Sälzle and Simon Hanrath all studied classical saxophone with celebrated teachers such as Prof. Daniel Gautier (Cologne), G. Priesner (Nuremberg), I. Roth and M. Weiss (Basel), Prof. J. Demmler (Freiburg) and Philippe Braquart (Montpellier).
In addition to their orchestral engagements and teaching positions at music schools and universities in Germany, the members of the quartet are devoted completely to the development of the ensemble. Since its creation in 1995, Saxofourte has witnessed several changes in personnel. It has established itself over the years through successful performances in the whole of Europe. The group has also performed in Syria, Egypt, North America and Australia.
The quartet is a regular guest at various famous music festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Festival, and the Rheinland-Pfalz Festival. They have also performed as a support group for the “Young Tenors”.
The ensemble has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships: they have been decorated by the Bavarian Radio, the city of Munich, the “Podium for Young Musicians” as well as the Society for the Promotion of Cultural Work of Westphalia (GWK). Their highlight was the 1st Prize in 1997 at the International Competition for Chamber Music in Verona, Italy.
Saxofourte's extensive repertoire spans from classical chamber music to avantgarde, via jazz, pop and tango. Composers such as Michael Nyman, Isak Roux and Luis Borda are not only great fans of the group but have also composed works especially for Saxofourte. This wide spectrum of repertoire can be heard so far on six albums: “Saxofourte” (1998), “From here to there” (2002), “We are not alone” (2004, in cooperation with Deutschlandradio), “Bannoutah – African Pieces” (2009), "Robbe Ronaldine am Ball" (2010, audio play for kids) and their latest release: "Tango Affairs" (2011).

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