1st European Saxophone Congress
The saxophone is an instrument with genuinely European roots
since it was invented by the Belgian Adolphe Sax (1814-1894) in 1840.
To mark the 200th anniversary of Adolphe Sax’s birth, the Marcos Redondo Music Conservatoire of Ciudad Real and the Spanish Saxophonists Association will host the “1st European Saxophone Congress” in Ciudad Real, from 1st to 4th May 2014.
In the past, the European Saxophone Meeting was held in Aix-les-Bains (France) in 1986 and in the city of Alicante (Spain) in 1987. In 1990, to mark the 150th anniversary of the saxophone invention, the 3rd European Saxophone Meeting was held in Dinant (Belgium), Adolphe Sax’s home town. Since then, every four years this Belgian town hosts the most important saxophone contest worldwide.
The Spanish Saxophonists Association started working on this new activity in 2006 with the congress entitled “The saxophone and its music”, held at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. Since then, every year the National Saxophone Meeting has been held. For 2014, this association wants to resume those meetings, by holding the “1st European Saxophone Congress”, as a means of exchange for artistic and pedagogical experiences as well as the promotion and spreading of the European saxophone identity.
For that reason, the following objectives will be pursued:
of the saxophone as a common element of European musical culture, by promoting the exchange of performing and teaching experiences.
The promotion of the repertoire
by promoting European authors’ premieres which contribute to the saxophone repertoire evolution.
The promotion of the saxophone musical culture
in Spain, as a means to exchange experiences with teachers and artists from other European countries and other Spanish regions.
The promotion of training
through high-level master classes and training conferences with speakers from various European countries.