Habanera Saxophone Quartet
Habanera is France’s leading saxophone quartet. Formed in 1993, the group comprises four outstanding saxophone graduates from the Paris Conservatoire and the class of the internationally acclaimed saxophone virtuoso Claude Delangle. The quartet has won as many as eight First Prizes at international chamber music competitions around the world including Bordeaux, Sanguinetto, Düsseldorf and Osaka. Habanera performs regularly in France and all around the world in Japan, China, USA, Canada and Europe. Their specialty is giving eclectic concerts featuring classics, modern works and improvisation. The quartet has featured alongside Louis Sclavis, Dave Liebman, Richard Galliano, Michel Portal and Péter Eötvös, among others. On CD they have recorded for Alpha Productions including a recent release of French music by Ravel, Debussy and Chausson in 2016. Their recording with Louis Sclavis entitled L’engrenage was awarded the Diapason d'Or and was highly recommended by Classica Magazine. Since 2000 Habanera has been hosting the Habanera Saxophone Academy which gathers saxophonists from all over the world for masterclasses and performances each summer in France. The Academy also culminates in the Saxophone in Motion Festival featuring the students in performances with Habanera and many world-famous guest musicians.