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Bohemia Saxophone Quartet
Bohemia Saxophone Quartet is an outstanding Czech music ensemble. Since its founding in 1990 BSQ has evolved into professional chamber ensemble with specific and well-balanced sound. Quartet characterized broad multi-genre dramaturgy including: original classical and jazz repertoire for saxophone quartet, contemporary compositions mostly dedicated to BSQ, as well as numerous transcriptions and arrangements of various musical styles and genres made by the quartet's members. The repertoire consisting of transcription involve the names of composers forming the pillars of various periods and styles (e. g. Bach, Händel, Mysliveček, Mozart, Dvořák, Smetana, Martinů, Janáček, but also Gershwin and Bernstein). The quartet also adapted traditional Tunisian and Ukrainian folk song, Lebanese and Kuwaiti national anthems as well as famous Vejvoda's Beer Barrel Polka (Škoda lásky).
BSQ motivated many Czech authors (e. g. Peter Graham, Pavel Novák-Zemek, Alois Piňos, Emil Viklický, Miloš Orson Šědroň) to create numerous works not only for saxophones, likewise for diverse instrumental ensembles. In order to perform these works BSQ cooperated with prominent Czech performers such as: Jana Boušková (harp), Jana Brožková (oboe), Vojtěch Spurný (piano), Edita Adlerová (mezzo-soprano), Jaroslav Šolc (flute), Václav Uhlíř (contrabass), Jana Koubková (singer), Monika Knoblochová (harpsichord); foreign performers such as saxophonists Philippe Portejoie, Dejan Presiček and Nicolas Prost Trio. Concertos written for saxophone quartet and orchestra BSQ performed with orchestras such as Leopolis Chamber Orchestra from Lviv, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, FOK | Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Castle Guards and Czech Police Orchestra, Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with great conductors, namely Bohumil Kulínský, Libor Pešek, Václav Blahunek, Bohdan Dašak, Aleksandar Marković etc.
Bohemia Saxophone Quartet is a flexible instrumental ensemble, therefore it performs in concert halls, in theaters, alternative scenes and jazz venues. Throughout its existence BSQ have performed with assorted ensembles. These co-operations had for a result: CD with Brixi Academic Ensemble, Programme of Music and Poetry with Tomáš Kupka, The Concert Project with MoEns, participation on theater project Singspiel The Notebook by Miloš Orson Štědroň, Concert programme with Bona Fide Tango, Concert project with experimental vocal ensemble Affetto, Project with Brass 6, participation in performance KAREL_HYNEK_MACHA.RIP (music by Marko Ivanović) at the National Theatre in Prague.
BSQ became a finalist of IX. Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Paris in 1998. Within its concert tours BSQ performed in many European countries, in the USA, Israel, Jordan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Indonesia and Kuwait. The quartet take part in many international music festivals such as Struny podzimu, L'Octobre Musical de Carthage, Prague Spring, Hofkonzerte im Podewil in Berlin, Sächsisch bömisches Musik Festival, Festival of Nations in Tennessee, International Contemporary Music festival Contrasts in Lviv, Klangspuren in Innsbruk, Dresdener Saxophonemesse, 3ème stage d'interprétation et de virtuosite Saxiana in Paris etc.
BSQ has recorded four profile CDs (History of Jazz music by Vít Fiala; Saxcriptions works by Dvořák, Martinů, Milhaud, Gerschwin, Bernstein; Jazz Inspiration works by Ježek, Joplin, Yellen, Corea, Hlinička, Viklický, Macourek; Bohemia Saxophone Quartet works by Bozza, Dřevikovský, Franҫaix, Douša) and cooperated on several others. The quartet regularly records for the Czech Radio. BSQ also represented itself in the live broadcast on the Czech Radio Vltava as well as on the ČT, recently it was the Concert with Philharmonie Brno under the baton of Aleksandar Marković (Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra by Philip Glass).
Since all BSQ members are active pedagogues, the quartet successfully executes workshops and masterclasses (last time in Oslo in 2009 and Paris in 2010).
During the Year of Czech Music 2014 BSQ will realize the concert series Saxophone in Czech Music, where will be presented the most valuable music literature for saxophone(s) composed by Czech authors. Each concert will also involve appearance of eminent Czech musicians.