Since its beginnings in 2014 in Barcelona, Kebyart is one of the most promising ensembles of the current music scene. These four talented musicians share an endless passion for chamber music and wish to bring fresh air in the way classical music is communicated. 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 2021-22 season.
Their interpretations have secured them some of the most recognised European chamber music awards. Among them the Orpheus Swiss Chamber Music Competition, the International Franz Cibulka Competition, and two of the most important prizes in their country: the Primer Palau and the prestigious BBVA Chamber Music Prize.
This engagement with the 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, Sergio Azzolini, Claudio Martínez-Mehner, Anton Kernjak, Kennedy Moretti and Nacho Gascón. Furthermore, in order to reach new horizons, they enrich the sonority of the saxophone quartet collaborating with outstanding artists like Dénes Várjon, Xavier Sabata and Albert Guinovart.
And where does their name come from? Explosive contrasts of tempi, dynamics and colours are the qualities of gamelan gong kebyar, a group of instruments that become a unity after long time of collective practice. The unique virtuosity and energy of kebyar causes the ecstasy of Balinese community – emotions that the four saxophonists aim to bring to their audiences.
Kebyart Ensemble was nominated by the Palau de la Música Catalana and L’Auditori Barcelona
15 & 16/01/2022
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon
Barbican Centre London
Philharmonie de Paris
11 & 12/03/22
Palau de la Música
Casa da Música Porto
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam