Torben Snekkestad, Sopransaxofon
Born in Norway 1973.
Classical educated saxophonist, dedicated to contemporary music and improvisation music of all forms. Have premiered numerous of pieces, both with his ensembles and also as a soloist with orchestras such as The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Oslo Sinfonietta and Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen.
He plays contemporary music in another Danish chamber music ensemble, ”4 Elements”. Member of ”Ensemble Ernst” - a Norwegian sinfonietta.
Duo projects with composer Jens Hørsving (laptop) and with saxophonist Rolf Erik Nystrøm. Gives solo-saxophone concerts with pieces by composers such as Ligeti, Stockhausen, along side with Scandinavian compositions (dedicated to him) and his own improvisations.
As a jazz musician his main projects are: “Tri O` Trang” (a Norwegian trio), “Spring” (Danish free jazz quartet) and “Trygve Seim Orchestra”(Norwegian band on the ECM-label).
Toured extensively throughout Europe, USA, Russia, East Asia and Argentina
See also: www.torbensnekkestad.com
Maret Petersen, Altsaxofon
Maret Petersen (1968) is educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Music in 1995. Furthermore she studied two years in Paris under the Saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau.
She has comprehensive concert activities both national and abroad with the ensemble Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet, amongst cooperation’s with several organists, with whom she performs both services and solo recitals.
Besides she plays with The Royal Orchestra, The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and several other Danish and German orchestras.
Jeanette Balland, tenorsaxofon
Jeanette Balland made her debut in 1998 at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen from the soloist class after studies with Christer Johnsson and as a pupil of Aage Voss. She has further studied in Holland and in Switzerland, where she took the Virtuosité from the Conservatoire de Lausanne. Jeanette Balland is active both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and has in particular aroused attention as a member of REED-5 and DuoDenum (saxophone and percussion), with whom she has won several prizes. In addition she is the first choice saxophonist
of the Royal Danish Orchestra and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra / DR, by whom she has been awarded the grant Emil Holms Mindelegat. Furthermore she was awarded the Danish Composers’ Society’s Musician’s Prize and the Prize of the Danish Music Critics in 2004. She premiered Sunleif Rasmussen’s Saxophone Concerto Dem Licht entgegen with Odense Symphony Orchestra in 2001, and in January 2004 she premiered Niels Rosing-Schow’s Concerto for Saxophone with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra / DR, with whom she has also recorded Sunleif Rasmussen’s saxophone Concerto.
see also: www.balland.dk
Charlotte Andersson, Barytonsaxofon
Graduate from The Royal Danish Academy of Music with degrees in both saxophone and singing.
Further studies with Jörgen Pettersson and Christer Jonsson (both Sweden) and Leo van Oostrom (the Netherlands). Studies baroque music with Viggo Mangor (Denmark).
Has formed the duo Kôm Ombo with the church organist at the church Grundtvigskirken Mads Høck. The duo playes exclusively contemporary music written for the ensemble and baroque music.
Has played with The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Danish Symphony Orchestra, South Jutland Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), Malmö Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra (Germany) and The Band of The Royal Danish Guards.
Has performed as a soloist in Denmark, Sweden and Poland:
As a singer at the official consecration of the Cathedral in Gdansk, The Cultural Festival in Gdansk and solo concerts with programs consisting largely of contemporary music and lieder. As a saxophonist she plays with vocal choirs and pianists and has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as The Danisch Concert band.