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Ensemble Bio

Manhattan Saxophone Quartet was first formed in 2008 as an ambitious and promising studio ensemble at Manhattan School of Music; the foursome’s current membership coalesced in 2010 with the goal of creating a freestanding professional quartet committed to the highest artistic standards of performance of saxophone quartet music, both established and experimental, and to the exposure and introduction of saxophone quartet repertoire to new audiences of all ages. With their various musical passions in classical, jazz, theater, and contemporary music, MSQ embodies a diverse canon spanning nearly 150 years, from early original works by Romantic masters to innovative compositions by 21st century contemporary artists.

 

Composer David Froom has remarked that MSQ plays "with both precision and passion, and always with terrific musicianship!" and composer David Noon has lauded "I am continually inspired, in truth, by [the] quartet's artistry." MSQ has performed across the northeastern United States at venues including Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, Citigroup Center, Yale University, Messiah College, Rutgers University, College of New Jersey, New York University, International Saxophone Symposia, and West Point University for the annual North American Saxophone Alliance regional conference. The quartet has premiered works by Marc-Antonio Consoli, Robert McMahan, David Noon, Jeffrey Nytch, Quinn Collins, J. Mark Stambaugh, and Rex Isenberg, among others.

Press Quotes & Honors

"I hope the quartet understands how much it means to any composer to have a work treated with this level of dedication and sensitivity."

J. Mark Stambaugh, Composer

"I am truly inspired, in truth, by your quartet's artistry"

David Noon, Composer

Manhattan Saxophone Quartet plays..."with both precision and passion, and always with terrific musicianship!"

David Froom, Composer

Manhattan Saxophone Quartet has been featured at some of New York City's most esteemed performance venues, including:

Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia

Tenri Cultural Institute

DiMenna Center for Classical Music

Manhattan School of Music

Videos

Audio

Ebb and FlowNils Vigeland
00:00 / 12:07
Saxophone Quartet No. 1, Mvt 2 - VariazioniDavid Noon
00:00 / 07:46
Saxophone Quartet Mvt. 1 - ModeratoRobert Young McMahan
00:00 / 01:57
Quartet No. 2Philip Glass
00:00 / 04:59
Three Pieces for Saxophone Quartet, Mvt. 3 - TangoRex Isenberg
00:00 / 03:46

Premieres

Raga Basant

Against all hope, I hope

Minor Details

Bottom of the Ninth

Street of Apparitions

Six Bagatelles

Growl, Spit, Shriek, & Pout

Saxophone Quartet No.2

"Four Winds (for winds)"

Two Abstractions

Three Sets for Saxophone Quartet

Three Pieces for Saxophone Quartet

PollyPiano

Wandering in the Dark

Barbara Kolb

Volodymyr Runchak

Kyle Tieman-Strauss

Rex Isenberg

J. Mark Stambaugh

David Noon

Quinn Collins

David Noon

Jeffrey Nytch

Marc-Antonio Consoli

Rex Isenberg

Robert McMahan

Tamara Cashour

Remy Le Boeuf

October 2018

March 2016 (U.S. Premiere)

February 2015

March 2014

November 2013

November 2012

November 2012

February 2012

2012

2011

March 2011

February 2011

February 2010

April 2009

Performance History

Concert Series

QUOtets

New Brunswick Downtown Lunchtime Recital Series

Downtown Music at Grace Episcopal Church

Arts on Bergen - Saint Peter's University

Harrisburg Wednesday Club

Venues

Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

Tenri Cultural Institute

DiMenna Center's Benzaquen Hall

Church of the Intercession

Symphony Space

Rutgers University

The College of New Jersey

Cafe Orwell

Eisenhower Hall Theatre

Saint Peter's Church

New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

Festivals

Dynamic Music Festival, New York University

International Saxophone Symposium

Navy Band Saxophone Symposium

NYC

New Brunswick, NJ

White Plains, NY

Jersey City, NJ

Carlisle, PA

 

NYC

NYC

NYC

NYC

NYC

New Brunswick, NJ

Ewing, NJ

NYC

West Point, NY

NYC

NYC

NYC

 

 

NYC

Fairfax, VA

Washington, D.C.

2019, 2014

2019, 2015, 2012

2019

2018

2013, 2011

2020, 2017, 2014, 2012

2017

2016

2014

2014

2012

2012, 2011

2012, 2011

2012

2011

2010

2009

2015

2012

2011

Community Outreach

College / University

Slippery Rock University

Union College

Messiah College

Yale University

Dutchess Community College

Grade School

Indiana Are High School

Punxsutawney High School

Slippery Rock, PA

Schenectady, NY

Grantham, PA

New Haven, CT

Poughkeepsie, NY

Indiana, PA

Punxsutawney, Pa

2020

2018

2010

2010

2010

2020

2020

Press Photos

Contact

Booking

Jordan Smith

484.354.8463

jsmith.saxophone@gmail.com