Stockholm Saxophone Quartet
Mathias Karlsen Björnstad – soprano saxophone
Jörgen Pettersson- alto saxophone
Leif Karlborg - tenor saxophone
Linn Persson – baritone saxophone
The Stockholm Saxophone Quartet has made a speciality of chamber music for saxophone – by composers from at home and abroad. They also specialise in advanced electro-acoustic music. The members of the Quartet have had over 700 works written for them.
A recurrent feature of their work is the close collaboration they undertake with Swedish and foreign composers, as well as with the composers of the future, particularly at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. The members of the Quartet hold seminars take part in concerts and work together with artists in genres other than their own.
This approach to their work has meant that their style and skills have rapidly developed and they now belong among Sweden’s foremost interpretative artists in their particular, very wide-ranging, field. The Stockholm Saxophone Quartet is driven by an irrepressible desire continually to test and go beyond the boundaries of what is considered possible in artistic terms. They often perform at international festivals, in opera houses and concert halls. Now that they have set up in new premises in Stockholm, more and more people should be able to benefit from their ability to evoke interest in contemporary music.
The studios at Tulegatan 53 house offices, rehearsal rooms and provide the opportunity to make studio recordings. But it is just as important that the Quartet’s home in Stockholm serves as a meeting-point – for musicians, composers, artists, choreographers and writers. Seminars and educational activities will be held there, together with conferences of various kinds, discussion evenings and concerts on a smaller scale.
The focal point for contemporary music which the Quartet is creating at Tulegatan 53 is also intended to be a springboard for new and artistic endeavour, both at the Swedish and the international level.
The members of the Quartet are veteran travellers – they have toured throughout Europe (e.g. the Baltic countries, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Ukraine and Albania) and performed in USA, Japan, Israel, South Africa, Egypt, China, Mongolia, Turkey, Bolivia, Iran and Brazil. In their travels, the members of the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet present Swedish music to the wider world and bring home with them new musical encounters and experiences to share with the Swedish audience.