„Ich war zutiefst beeindruckt von der musikalischen Ausdruckskraft und der technischen Perfektion“
("I was deeply touched by the immense musical expression and the technical perfection")
Günter Pichler, Alban Berg Quartett
Awarded with internationally renowned prizes, the Xenon Saxophone Quartet counts among the young beacons of hope in the chamber music scene. The quartet members were able to demonstrate their skills in important concert venues, such as the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, in big classical music festivasl like “Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele” and during numerous radio broadcasts (WDR, SWR, NDR, MDR and Deutchlandfunk). They are scholars and “special prize” holders of the German National Music Competition “DMW”.
The name of the ensemble is derived from the very rare monatomic noble gas Xenon. The four saxophonists aim at presenting their passion for music to their audience in a dynamic, innovative and modern way – just as special as this precious Xenon gas is for technology and science. For Lukas Stappenbeck (soprano), Anže Rupnik (alto), Alvaro Arias (tenor) and Benjamin Reichel (baritone) this name is a commitment to forming a musical unit and achieving professionality through discipline and joy of playing.
The four saxophonists were all trained at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Cologne Music University) and attended courses led by Prof. Daniel Gauthier (solo) and Sebastian Pottmeier (chamber music). They came together in 2010 and have since been playing numerous concerts in Germany and abroad. They have received further impetus by Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet) and Dirk Mommertz (Faure Quartet). As a group they are owners of two “Master of Music” titles, the first of which they got in 2017 as they finished their Chamber music studies. Recently, in February 2020 they have graduated “Interpretation of modern music” which they were studying in the class of Prof. David Smeyers.
Moreover, the quartet is a scholarship holder of „Yehudi Menuhin–LiveMusicNow Köln e.V.“ and the „Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken“ foundation since 2013. In October 2014, the ensemble was awarded the „Marco Fiorindo“ competition in Turin (Italy). Another highlight was the performance at the Gerry-Weber-Stadion hall (summer night of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia), when the quartet was playing solo with the north-west German philharmonic orchestra in front of around 6.000 concert-goers. The concert was also broadcasted on television (WDR). In 2019 they have received the “Gold medal with high Distinction” at the Manhattan Competition in New York.