"The playing by the Amstel Quartet is nothing short of astounding. Not only are they a brilliant group of individual musicians, they are a brilliant ensemble." – Fanfare Magazine
"The men of the Amstel have no fear," exclaimed the Dutch press about The Amstel Quartet, winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Its performances are riveting, filled with high energy, emotion and infectious dynamism. Avro Radio in the Netherlands recently proclaimed them, "the best saxophone quartet in the world."
Recent featured engagements in the US include: NYC appearances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and at the Downtown River to River Festival; concerts in Southern California for Pepperdine University and the Da Camera Society’s Chamber Music in Historic Sites series; as well presentations by Music at Deer Valley (presented by the Utah Symphony), Chamber Music Yellow Springs (OH) and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
The Amstel Quartet’s programs are always surprising, uplifting, educational, innovative and swinging. They have released 7 albums, most recently Amstel Raga (2010) and Live at De Toonzai (2011).
- Remco Jak, Soprano Saxophone
- Olivier Sliepen, Alto Saxophone
- Bas Apswoude, Tenor Saxophone
- Ties Mellema, Baritone Saxophone