""The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet has a impressive sound and delivers here with rotating and pure interplay an even ambitious as imposant debute. The arranged strinking Sieben letzten Worte from Joseph Haydn forms the spine of this wonderfull album, with a special involvement from Claron McFadden.""Edison Nomination, 19-10-2016
The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet is a sparkling and inspired ensemble founded in 2011 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. The four musicians had quickly made for themselves a name in the Netherlands and abroad, performing in major halls as well as in international festivals, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, the Bachtage in Würzburg, Germany and the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland.
The Ebonit Quartet has received fi rst prize at international competitions such as the “Ottomani Competition“ in Den Bosch (2012) and the “Who’s Next Chamber Music Competition“ in Almere (2015). In the 2016/17 season the quartet will tour throughout the Netherlands as a laureate of the national competition “Dutch Classical Talent“. In addition, they will tour with their music theater program for children produced by Stichting Oorkaan. Since 2015, the Ebonit Quartet has been a Selmer-Artist.
Having studied together in the class of Arno Bornkamp in Amsterdam, the quartet has continued its studies in the Masters program of the Netherlands String Quartet Academy (NSKA) with Marc Danel, Stefan Metz and Sven Arne Tepl. Furthermore, the quartet has attended masterclasses from renowned pedagogues such as Eberhard Feltz, Gerhard Schulz, the members of the Artemis Quartet, Heime Müller, Luc-Marie Aguera and Albrecht Mayer.
"The Ebonit Saxophone Quartet has a impressive sound and delivers here with rotating and pure interplay an even ambitious as imposant debute. The arranged strinking Sieben letzten Worte from Joseph Haydn forms the spine of this wonderfull album, with a special involvement from Claron McFadden."
Edison Nomination , 19-10-2016
"A beautiful debut of Ebonit Saxophone Quartet."
" [...] The plays are all more than magnificant [...] "
"[...] not only does the company play extraordinary homogeen and exciting, the reportoire choose on 'the last words of christ' is remarkable for a debut-cd. [...]"
Klassieke Zaken, 01-4-2016
Klassieke Zaken, 01-4-2016
"The three remaining pieces of Hadyn something make less of an impression, already arouses their intimate, honest approach but more and more sympathy."
Luister Magazine, 01-4-2016
In plaatpaal Radio 4
NPO Radio 4, 31-3-2016
"Its gripping music, which evokes deeply religious and at the same time universal human feelings beautifully through the much younger, twentieth-century works. Jesus' last words on the cross are there to stay, certainly in this version of the Ebonit Saxophone Quartett. We will hear alot from them."
Kerk en Leven, 23-3-2016
"The young musicians control their instruments to perfection and they have learned to play together."
Friesch Dagblad, 22-3-2016
CD of the Week Radio 4
Radio 4 CD van de Week, 21-3-2016
" [...] The alternation works very well, all the more so because Ebonit gives solid interpretations, with a glowing harmony and beautiful solos [...] "
NRC Handelsblad, 14-3-2016
"About the choice of performing music by Reger, Webern, Sibelius and Shostakovich they have thought that out thoroughly and play these quite well."
De Gelderlander, 09-3-2016
''One ensemble after the other is debuting! Barely used to the beautiful sound of the Berlage Saxophone Quartet, the next great ensemble from the Amsterdam Conservatorium class of Arno Bornkamp which is juggling with their four reeds. On their debut-album they appear to be capable of everything.''
De Volkskrant, 24-2-2016