Europe Meets Americas in Italian Saxophone Quartet’s program
Ryan Summerlin February 14, 2013
The Grand County Concert Series welcomes the Italian Saxophone Quartet for their first appearance in Grand County as part of the 10th anniversary season.
These four soloists and close friends formed their group in 1982 with a goal to play chamber music for the saxophone at the highest artistic level. Since then, they have played to tremendous acclaim in nearly 1,000 concerts.
Performing in Italy’s most important concert institutions, their concert schedule has also taken them to France, Germany, Spain, Japan, Greece, the United States, Sweden, Lebanon, Bermuda and Russia. Since 2002 the quartet’s annual tours of the United States included New York City, where they showcased at the annual Arts Presenters Conference and prestigious concert series from Florida to Alaska.
Federico Mondelci, soprano sax, has appeared as soloist with all the important Italian orchestras, including La Scala, Milan, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. He has toured worldwide as soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. In the World Saxophone Congress, he has performed in Germany, Japan, Spain, Italy and the United States. His CD of Piazzolla Tangos with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra on Delos has received great critical acclaim; another CD for RCA was the recipient of the Diapason d’Or medal.
Marco Gerboni, alto sax, has won several prestigious prizes. He has collaborated with many major Italian orchestras, including La Scala, Milan, and the Florence Maggio Musicale. Gerboni has twice represented Italy at the World Saxophone Congress and has performed worldwide. His recordings include discs for EMI and Mondo Musica.
Davide Bartelucci, tenor sax, will be taking the place of original quartet member Mario Marzi. He has toured internationally with major orchestras and ensembles including the Italian Saxophone Orchestra conducted by his mentor, Federico Mondelci. Active as both a classical and jazz player, Bartelucci has won numerous Italian chamber music competitions and has performed at prestigious jazz festivals. He has taught saxophone at the Ancona Musical Academy since 2006.
Massimo Mazzoni, baritone sax, has worked with many important orchestras throughout Italy, frequently as a soloist. He represented Italy at several World Saxophone Congresses, including in Germany, the United States, Japan and Spain. He has recorded for BMG, Pentaphon and Ricordi.
The Italian Saxophone Quartet concert is at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash. After the concert, meet the quartet members at a complimentary dessert reception.