Maat Saxophone Quartet is a 100% Portuguese ensemble.
Prize-winners of the most prestigious classical music competition in Portugal “Prémio Jovens Músicos” (2018), the ensemble combines four musicians from the same country and is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
With an ongoing activity, this young quartet already established itself as one of the main young chamber music groups in Netherlands and Portugal, having performed Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Casa da Música in Porto Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon.
Maat Saxophone Quartet won several chamber music competitions, such as Storioni International Competition, Vila Verde National Competition (Portugal), and we’re finalists of the GrachtenFestival Competition and Willem-Twee Concertzaal Competition.
Students from the saxophone class of Arno Bornkamp, at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the quartet has guidance from Arno Bornkamp and Willem van Merwijk, and are students of the NSKA - Dutch String Quartet Academy - with whom have the opportunity to work with Marc Danel, Luc-Marie Aguera, Lukas Hagen, among others.
The quartet works regularly with young composers, such as Nuno Lobo, Ramin Amin-Tafreshi, Adam Lukawski, commissioning new pieces and promoting the development of new saxophone quartet repertoire.
In 2018 they were a selected ensemble for the "RaboNEXTStage" program, in a partnership with the Rabo Bank and TivoliVredenburg Utrecht.
In 2020 they will release their debut CD “Ciudades” under the label 7 Mountains.
Maat has a double meaning. Besides being an iconic museum with a beautiful building in Lisbon, Maat can mean companionship in dutch. From this relation between both countries, Maat Saxophone Quartet appears, and it is always a nice story to tell.
Daniel Ferreira - soprano saxophone
Catarina Gomes - alto saxophone
Pedro Silva - tenor saxophone
Mafalda Oliveira - baritone saxophone