Paul-Fathi Lacombe | soprano saxophone
Julien Bréchet | alto saxophone
Sylvain Jarry | tenor saxophone
Nicolas Herrouët | baritone saxophone
Flamboyance, daring and generosity are the three words that define this ensemble of saxophonists who have traversed French and international stages with dynamism. Whether with their saxophones or a capella, the four musicians stand out with their generosity. Quatuor Ellipsos was formed in Nantes in 2004. They champion an original repertoire of arrangements of works from classical and contemporary repertoires, in very innovative recitals in France and abroad. They organize an annual summer academy and the ‘Festival du Souffle’ in Celles-sur-Belle which allow people to discover this type of musical training. They have performed with the Philharmonie de Nantes, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, with the organist Thierry Escaich, the pianist Marie-Josèphe Jude, the saxophonist Manu Dibango and others. Their recordings have enjoyed international success.
The quartet is supported by the Maison Selmer-Paris, the company D'Addario (Rico), the Fondation de France, SPEDIDAM, the Ministry of Culture and the Institut Français. It is also officially supported by the music and repair store Frederique Bizeul in Nantes.
Since 2017, the Quatuor Ellipsos has received the support of Musique Nouvelle en Liberté for its dissemination of contemporary works. They have collaborated with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Orchestre des Forces Aériennes de Bordeaux, and they direct an eponymous collection at Éditions Billaudot editions, devoted to works for saxophone in general.