TONI SAX QUARTET

The Toni Sax Quartet was founded at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2016 when four saxophonists from all over the world, all students of Lars Mlekusch, decided to form an ensemble based on a budding friendship and a keen taste for experimentation. The young musicians are equally at ease with transcriptions, contemporary works and improvised shows, and have already had the opportunity to perform at significant events in Zurich such as the Longue Nuit de la Musique Contemporaine and the Zurich International Saxfest. In February 2017, the quartet also performed at the prestigious Tonhalle in Zurich and the Impuls festival in Graz, Austria.

Charles Ng – soprano saxophone
Amit Dubester – Alto saxophone
Valentine Michaud – Tenor saxophone
Joan Jordi Oliver – Baritone saxophone

Charles Ng – soprano saxophone

Born in 1991, Charles Ng is regarded as one of the most prominent and active young classical saxophonist in Hong Kong. Ng has performed with various chamber groups, wind ensembles and orchestras as well as a featured soloist. After graduating from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Saxophone Performance with first class honours under the tutelage of Michael Campbell, Ng furthered his education in masters studies in Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien. He has performed in Hong Kong, Portugal, Cambodia, Thailand, Austria; took part in the official Stockhausen Press CD recording of the “Linker Augen Tanz” for Saxophone ensemble and won the Fidelio Competition 2016 with Soprano Suvi Väyrynen.

Ng is set to commence studies in the Master of Transdisciplinary Studies and Specialised Music Performance – Soloist master (Class Lars Mlekusch) programme at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK); while engaging in a few modern music commissions projects with composers, Ng aspires to seek truth in his artistic pursuit.

Amit Dubester – Alto saxophone

Amit Dubester began his studies with Gan Lev in Tel Aviv. From 2005 to 2014, he received a scholarship with distinction from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, both as a soloist and as a member of the Kfar Saba and Tel Aviv Saxophone Quartets. He later received support from the French Embassy in Israel and the Tzfunot Tarbut Association. Amit has performed as a soloist with several orchestras in Israel and Europe, including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and the Israel Symphony Orchestra, and has already played under the baton of renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Asher Fisch, David Stern, Frederic Chaslin, Omer M. Wellber and Alessandro Tortato. He was the winner of the François Shapira Prize in 2015. After studying with Philippe Geiss at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, Amit is continuing his studies with a Master’s at the Zurich University of the Arts, where he is taught by Lars Mlekusch.

Joan Jordi Oliver – Baritone saxophone

Joan Jordi Oliver (Campos, Mallorca, 1994) starts his Bachelor studies in the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (CSMA, Zaragoza) with Mariano García in 2012, and develops as well a full-year studies in the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität with Lars Mlekusch through an Erasmus exchange in 2014. In 2016, after finishing his studies with honors, he starts his master studies in Music Performance in the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) with Lars Mlekusch.

Joan Jordi has offered concerts in several european countries with different chamber music formations, orchestras and as a solosit. A disposed advocate for the music of our time, he regularly collaborates with emerging and established composers, and has premiered around 20 new pieces in Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium, some of them written for him. He has also participated   in academies for new and experimental music, like Impuls International Academy (Graz) or LAbO #5 (Antwerpen), and has performed in festivals like Radical dB (Zaragoza) or Laokoon Festival (Zurich).

Insatisfied with the traditional profile of the saxophonist, he regularly collaborates with artists from   many different fields, including dance, painting, visual art or photography. His concerts include normaly his own compositions, electroacustic music, audiovisual media and free improvisation.

EXCERPT

Philip Glass Saxophone Quartet, 4th movement – Toni Sax Quartet – Prelude Konzert, Tonhalle, Zürich – 02.2017