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Saxophobia Bratislava

The beginning of March in Bratislava traditionally belongs to the saxophone event of the year. In addition to master classes, the sixth edition of the Saxophobia Bratislava festival will bring to the city three interesting public concerts dedicated to not only jazz, but classical saxophone music.

Saxophobia Bratislava is already an integral part of Bratislava’s and Slovakia’s music life. This festival highlights the saxophone not as an instrument of jazz, but of classical music. Almost 60 saxophonists from 7 countries will come to the master classes and there will also be three public concerts in Bratislava to choose from. Others will take place in Košice and Trnava. Several Slovak and world premieres will be presented.

Every year, the festival brings the saxophone to its audience in a little different way – as a full-fledged instrument of classical and contemporary music. Almost 60 saxophonists from 7 countries will expand their skills under the guidance of six top foreign lecturers from the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Poland at the four-day master classes from March 3rd to 6th at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

However, the organizers do not want to close the saxophone to classrooms and have prepared three exceptional public concerts presenting a variety of styles from the Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism or Impressionism to contemporary compositions. The winning music composition of the Young Composers Under 30 Competition, which was announced by the organizers of Saxophobia for the first time this year, will also be performed at one of Bratislava’s concerts.

The concert part of the program will begin on March 5th in the Mirror Hall of the Primate’s Palace with a gala concert of saxophone masters performed by six foreign lecturers. You’ll find out what a saxophone-only orchestra sounds like a day later.

A great rarity of the festival is the 60-member saxophone orchestra, which, directly under the direction of conductor Andreas van Zoelen, will rehearse the program of the big concert on March 6th on Slovak Radio.

A novelty is the third concert, which will feature one of the best saxophone quartets in the world, the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, which has also accepted an invitation to teach in courses. Together with Ladislav Fančovič, they will perform on Slovak Radio in Bratislava on March 10th. The small tour of this unusual group will start at the Slovak State Philharmonic Košice on March 8th and will continue the next day in Little Berlin in Trnava. In this form, the interpreted compositions in Slovakia will be performed for the first time ever.

March 5 Gala concert of saxophone masters Bratislava Mirror Hall
March 6 Concert of 60-member saxophone orchestra Bratislava Slovak Radio
March 8 Raschèr Saxophone Quartet & Ladislav Fančovič Košice Slovak State Philharmonic
March 9 Raschèr Saxophone Quartet & Ladislav Fančovič Trnava Malý Berlín
March 10 Raschèr Saxophone Quartet & Ladislav Fančovič Bratislava Slovak Radio


The saxophone is perceived by the majority of people as a jazz instrument. However, it was constructed by Adolph Sax for the classical music. This is widely an underrated topic and therefore the first master classes for saxophone in classic are happening in Bratislava.

Saxophobia Bratislava are international saxophone master classes for students of conservatories and universities. There will be individual lessons at selected professors in the morning and in the afternoon will be rehearsals of the unique Saxophone Orchestra – orchestra made only of all kinds of saxophones and one set of drums.

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