The Dokwerk Saxophone Quartet is a young and energetic chamber music ensemble established in 2019. Coming from four different parts of the world, Lisa Schreiber, Jen-Hong Wu, Ileana Termini and Pedro Silva all driven by their passion for music have found together in the culturally vibrant city of Amsterdam, where the four of them are currently studying at the Conservatorium under the guidance of the Dutch saxophone coryphée Arno Bornkamp.
Regularly to be found among the prize-winners of various chamber music competitions they were awarded the 1st prize in the chamber music category of the International Competition “Vítor Santos” 2021 in Portugal, whereupon they have been invited to now record their debut CD ‘Intersections’. Recently awarded the joint 1st prize of the Italian Competition for contemporary music ‘Reate’, they had the opportunity to celebrate their Italian debut in Rome at the end of 2022. Furthermore, they also received both the 1st and the Podium Prize during the Dutch ‘Kamermuziek Concours Gelre 2022′.
As part of their internationally renowned saxophone class they have performed in some of the great Dutch concert halls, such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. Moreover, they have recently given their successful debut as a quartet in Tivoli Vredenburg and are regularly appearing on Dutch national radio (NPO Radio 4, Spiegelzaal, De Muziekfabriek en Concertzender) and television (Podium Klassiek), and on major national festivals such as the Grachtenfestival and Schiermonnikoog Festival.
Eager to learn and broaden their horizons they regularly attend masterclasses all over the world, learning from their important saxophonist forebears, but equally seeking inspiration from non-saxophonist sources including baroque specialist Walter van Hauwe, and expert for contemporary music, composer and percussionist Arnold Marinissen. Additionally, they have been invited to make part of the NSKA, the Netherlands String Quartet Academy, receiving lessons by its artistic leader Marc Danel and numerous international guest teachers acclaimed for their expertise in chamber music.
In combining their different cultures and backgrounds the four are provided a never-ceasing richness and variety of musical possibilities and choices. Open-mindedly and light-heartedly they continue to seek to secure a constant place for the classical saxophone in the music of today and tomorrow!