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© Felix Broede

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019

This masterclass is aimed towards saxophonists aged 12 to 92: For professional musicians as well as enthusiastic amateurs.  For students; BOTH Beginners and Advanced – How can this work?

»Learning by observing and active participation! « - This simple yet successful conception of the RASCHÈR SAXOPHONE QUARTET leads to a remarkably inspiring atmosphere. The members of the quartet work with the participants in ‘open’ private instruction. Additionally, all participants make music every day in various ensembles, including a large saxophone orchestra!

Throughout the masterclass, the members the quartet will work with the participants on a variety of topics including:


-           interpretation of different musical works and Genres

-          solo and ensemble repertoire

-          ideas on sound and tonal development 

-      overtone-technique and development of the high resister

-          embouchure, finger techniques, vibrato, intonation

-          information and ideas on mouthpieces and reeds

-       performance concepts and philosophies

If you are part of an existing saxophone ensemble, the lecturers may offer individual coaching for ensembles. Please ask for speacial rates if you intend to participate with your entire ensemble.


Please bring along your instrument as well as a sufficient number of reeds. Let us know in advance: Is your instrument an alto resp. Tenor saxophone, a soprano saxophone or a baritone saxophone? And what kind of music do you currently play? Please be so kind as to convey these individual data upon registration.

The seminar fee includes lessons, full board and accomodation in double rooms. Single rooms are optional at additional costs of 15 € per night. Reduced prices will be granted to pupils, students, apprentices, FSJler (volonteering in Social Services and/or community work), recipients of unemployment benefit I or II (please submit piece of evidence).

To members of amj, BWR, IAM, LKV, MAS and the NDR cultural card a reduction of 10% on the tuition fee will be granted for seminars initiated by the music department. Please enclose a copy of your membership card to your registration. You may only take advantage of one reduction at a time.

We recommend to our guests to effect a seminar cancellation insurance with a provider of your choice.

Please check your personal situation to take advantage of funding programs of federal government and federal states.

For more information on www.nordkolleg.de/fachbereiche/lassen-sie-ihre-fortbildung-foerdern


Please follow the link for the registration.

© Felix Broede

Raschèr Saxophone Quartet

Since its formation in 1969, the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet has appeared regularly at the major concert halls in Europe, Asia and the U.S.: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center New York, Kennedy Center Washington D.C., Opera Bastille Paris, Royal Festival Hall London, Philharmonie Cologne, Finlandia Hall Helsinki, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Schauspielhaus Berlin, Musikverein Vienna, Tonhalle Zürich, Parco della Musica Rome, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Kuala Lumpur, National Concert Hall Taipei, etc. The Vienna “Zeitung” hailed the quartet as the “Uncrowned Kings of the Saxophone” and a critic from “Die Welt” claimed, “If there were an Olympic discipline for virtuoso wind playing, the Raschèr Quartet would definitely receive a gold medal.” The ensemble carries on a tradition established in the 1930's by the pioneer of the classical saxophone and founding member of the quartet Sigurd Raschèr, who animated many composers to write music especially for him. In a similar fashion, the quartet has inspired over 350 composers to dedicate music to them, including, Aho, Berio, Bergman, Bialas, Dean, Denhoff, Donatoni, Firsowa, Franke, Glass, Gubaidulina, Halffter, Kagel, Kaipainen, Kancheli, Keuris, de Raaff, Maros, Moe, Nilsson, Nordgren, Nørgard, Rosenblum, Raskatov, Sandström, Stucky, Terzakis, Tüür, Wuorinen, Xenakis, and Chen Yi. All of these composers have shared an enthusiasm for the four musicians' unique homogeneous tone quality, virtuosity and dynamic interpretation of new and old music. Regarding their interpretation of Bach, the well-known German musicologist Ulrich Dibelius wrote, "When the Raschèr Quartet plays Bach, the music takes on a seraphic aura—as if the organ and the string quartet had come together."