We are the MAAT saxophone quartet:
Daniel on soprano, Catarina on alto, Pedro on tenor and Mafalda on baritone. Welcome to our website!
We have been playing together since 2018 and we went through a lot. With each step, we discover more about each other’s talents and ideas as saxophone players, but also as "maatjes". In the projects we do, we look for the connection between our individual personalities, our ideals as artists and our strength as a group. Just as important is the connection to the world and society that surrounds us.
In 2018 we were honored with the prize “Prémio Jovens Músicos”, one of the most prestigious classical music competition in Portugal. Portugal, that is where we are from. Our quartet was however formed in Amsterdam, while we were studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Arno Bornkamp.
We travel back and forth between the Netherlands and Portugal to play concerts, rehearse and visit our family.
Since 2019 we take part in the NSKA - Dutch String Quartet Academy.
In April 2020 we released our first CD “Ciudades” under the label 7 Mountains.
Although we play pieces from all kinds of ages and environments, we have a passion for new music. We have closely worked together with the composers Nuno Lobo, Arnold Marinissen and Ramin Amin Tafreshi. We are excited about finding our own sound-world, and we are happy to play a part in the development of music and the future of the saxophone quartet repertoire. In 2022 we won the Dutch Classical Talent Award.
In 2023 we will release our second CD called "Renascer", featuring Portuguese guitarist António Carlos Costa.