The Quatuor Avena
is a French saxophone quartet founded in 2016 in Strasbourg (France). Four young saxophonists, each from their respective country (Italy, Japan, South Africa and France) met at the Haute École des Arts du Rhin, where they were to continue with their studies in saxophone. Their mutual pleasure and passion, not only for the saxophone but for chamber music, sent off a spark which quickly turned into something serious. Combining four different ways of playing the saxophone with four different repertoires plus interests in all different types of music (traditional music from Japan or South Africa, classical masterpieces like Borodin or tango with an Italian flair) has always been a great challenge, but one which has brought enormous amounts of pleasure, both to the musicians and to the audiences. The quartet is the winner of three International Chamber Music Competitions held in Bolougne-Billancour Paris (France), Kurashiki (Japan) and Remirement (France) and have performed in Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Karlsruhe, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, etc. Always with the idea of taking the music one step further, the quartet has recently started incorporating movement into it’s performance working with Marco Locci on a show based on the music by Guillermo Lago.
Nicolas Allard, soprano saxophone
Fabio Cesare, alto saxophone
Sumika Tsujimoto, tenor saxophone
Adam Campbell, baritone saxophone