Kebyart Ensemble - NOSPR
Born in Barcelona, Kebyart is one of the most promising ensembles on the current music scene. These four talented musicians share an endless passion for chamber music and wish to bring fresh air to the way classical music is communicated. Their endeavor to transform their performances into a unique experience results in an explosive and vibrant staging, which has been praised by audiences and specialized critics. The distinctive signature of Kebyart is revealed in a creative and open approach to the repertoire, which goes in three directions: the original literature, the commitment to nowadays music and their arrangements of a wide variety of styles.
Their glittering career has sparked the interest of the major concert halls in Europe and consequently they have been selected as ECHO Rising Stars for the 2021/2022 season, crystallizing in their debut in more than a dozen venues and festivals such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Wiener Musikverein, Paris Philharmonie, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden… In addition, they have been touring in countries all around Europe and Asia being scheduled in the seasons of Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Stadtcasino Basel, Schubertíada Vilabertran, Palau de la Música Catalana, L’Auditori...
Their interpretations have secured them some of the most prestigious European chamber music awards. Among them, are the Orpheus Swiss Chamber Music Competition (Switzerland), the International Franz Cibulka Music Competition (Austria), and two of the most important prizes in their country: El Primer Palau, organized by Palau de la Música Catalana and the prestigious BBVA Chamber Music Competition. Additionally, in 2018 they are one of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA).
Since its beginnings in 2014, Kebyart Ensemble has searched for musical excellence through a never-ending interest in musical roots. This engagement with the true message of music has led them to receive continuous tuition from some of the most renowned musicians and chamber groups, such as Cuarteto Casals, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett), Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartett), Cuarteto Quiroga, bassoonist Sergio Azzolini and pianists Claudio Martínez Mehner and Anton Kernjak. Furthermore, to reach new horizons, they enrich the sonority of the saxophone quartet by collaborating with outstanding artists like Dénes Várjon, Xavier Sabata and Albert Guinovart.
And where does their name come from? Explosive contrasts of tempo, dynamics and colours. These are the qualities of gamelan gong kebyar, a group of instruments that become united after a long time of collective practice. The unique virtuosity and energy of kebyar cause the ecstasy of the Balinese community, emotions that the four saxophonists aim to bring to their audiences.
As ambassadors, Kebyart Ensemble plays Henri Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren accessories.