Quatuor Ellipsos

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Flamboyance, mastery and generosity are three words that often come up about this ensemble, recognized today as one of the most prestigious saxophone quartets in the world. 2023/2024, the 20th anniversary season of the Ellipsos Quartet, his career has already led him to give more than 1000 concerts on the most prestigious French stages - from the Eiffel Tower to the Palace of Versailles, from the Salle Pleyel to the Théâtre Marigny, from the Grand Théâtre d'Angers to the Arsenal de Metz via La Folle Journée de Nantes, the Festival de Radio France Montpellier, La Roque d'Anthéron, Nice Classic Festival, Mont Saint-Michel etc ... - also on many international stages in more than 15 countries (USA, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Morocco, Europe, and China). Renowned for its versatility, the quartet turns both to the classical repertoire - with a marked predilection for the baroque repertoire - to the music of our time with works by Escaich, Doss, Lynch, Robin and Decruck. Very active on recording, the ensemble has recorded seven award-winning albums to date, the latest of which, "Fusion", released in 2023 alongside organist Thierry Escaich and recorded during a residency at the Dresden Philharmonic (Germany) received 4**** awarded by Classica magazine.


Formed in 2004 in Nantes, the quartet was taught by Paul Meyer and Éric Le Sage at the Paris Conservatory; he has also worked with Maurice Bourgue in Avignon, Claire Désert at the Moulin d'Andé, Christian Lauba in Bordeaux, and Thierry Escaich with whom he has forged a real and lasting complicity. Winning in 2007 the First Prize unanimously at the 2007 European "Ensemble Music" Competition organized by the FNAPEC - an "Ellipsos Prize" has since been awarded to the best wind ensemble of the competition - it is to date the most played saxophone quartet on French radio and television. He was also the first saxophone quartet to be invited to the Victoires de la Musique Classique. Collaborating with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Gewandhaus of Leipzig, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Metz, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Cali (Colombia) or with many artists such as Marie-Josèphe Jude, Gordan Nikolic, Éric Le Sage, Frank Braley, Paul Meyer, Manu Dibango, Didier Lockwood, Albert Guinovart, the singers Zaza Fournier, Yaël Naïm, Caroline Casadesus and also with the younger generation: Charles Heisser, Bartu Elci-Ozsoy, Inès Halimi etc... Since 2018, he has been acting as an "Ambassador for the Fondation du Souffle" - a foundation committed to the fight against respiratory diseases - and dedicates important artistic events to this cause. He also directs an eponymous collection published by Éditions Billaudot, devoted to saxophone works in general. On the "social networks" side, he created the hashtag #SaxophoneFamily gathering more than 44,000 followers who are as passionate about the saxophone as they are about the adventure of these 4 boys in the wind!


In 2024, the Ellipsos Quartet becomes the new ambassador of the Japanese house YANAGISAWA and will now play on exceptional instruments unique in the world (WO37GP series and WO30BSB). The Quartet is also supported by the American company D'Addario (Rico), the Fondation de France, SPEDIDAM, the Ministry of Culture and the Institut Français. It is also officially accompanied by the Frédérique Bizeul repair shop in Nantes. Since 2017, it has received support from the Centre National de la Musique (CNM). Since 2008, the Ellipsos Quartet has been in artistic charge of the Festival du Souffle which takes place every year in the Deux-Sèvres region - at the Royal Abbey of Celles-sur-Belle (79) - and transmits its experience during its own summer academy, the "Ellipsos-Eurasic Academy", which aims to train generations of young saxophonists from all over the world and to play in quartets. The Ellipsos Quartet will play next season in Japan at the Folle Journée de Tokyo (May 2024), also invited to the United States for a tour with 2 orchestras, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Matthew Aubin in October 2024 for the premiere of the new concerto "A Dream for Artemis" for quartet and orchestra by Fabien Waksman as well as the preparation of the recording of its 8th album. It is also scheduled for the next 2024/2025 season with the Orchestre National de Franche-Comté Victor Hugo under the direction of Jean-François Verdier.