Svensk Musikvår: Stockholm Saxophone Quartet

For several decades, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet has commissioned and been the receiver of several works of newly written music. In this concert three works from resent years will be presented, of which one has an especially burning contemporary connection.



The Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, formed in 1969, has made a speciality of chamber music for saxophone – by composers from at home and abroad. They also specialise in advanced electro-acoustic music. The members of the Quartet have had over 700 works written for them.

A recurrent feature of their work is the close collaboration they undertake with Swedish and foreign composers, as well as with the composers of the future, particularly at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. The members of the Quartet hold seminars, take part in concerts and work together with artists in genres other than their own. This approach to their work has meant that their style and skills have rapidly developed and they now belong among Sweden’s foremost interpretative artists in their particular, very wide- ranging, field. The Stockholm Saxophone Quartet is driven by an irrepressible desire continually to test and go beyond the boundaries of what is considered possible in artistic terms. They often perform at international festivals, in opera houses and concert halls.

The focal point for contemporary music which the Quartet is creating to be a springboard for new and artistic endeavour, both at the Swedish and the international level. The members of the Quartet are veteran travellers – they have toured throughout Europe (e.g. the Baltic countries, France, Greece, Spain, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Ukraine and Albania) and performed in USA, Japan, Israel, South Africa Egypt, China, Mongolia, Turkey, Bolivia and Iran. In their travels, the members of the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet present Swedish music to the wider world and bring home with them new musical encounters and experiences to share with the Swedish audience. Since 2016, the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet has arranged and produced Svensk Musikvår, a week long festival presenting Swedish contemporary music in Stockholm. The festival has come to be a unique and yearly manifesto for contemporary music and it is supported by Sweden’s most important cultural institutions.


Swedish mezzo soprano Linnéa Andreassen made her debut as one of the three Adelige Waisen in Christof Loys critically acclaimed staging of Der Rosenkavalier at The Royal Opera in Stockholm and is since then a sought after soloist in both standard repertoire and contemporary music.

In 2019 Andressen participated in the Swedish premiere of Leonard Evers childrens opera Gold at Teatre Perro in Stockholm. During the same autumn she performed one of the leading roles in the Swedish composer Jonas Forssells opera Memory for Estrad Norr. In the autumn of 2021 Andreassen took part in the staging of Karólína Eiríksdóttirs BLY at Norrlandsoperan and in the following year she 2022 sang the part as Science in medverkade Emmy Lindströms newly written opera Ålevangeliet (The Gospel of Eels) based on the award-winning book by Patrik Svensson.

Andreassen is an acknowledged interpreter of baroque music and in the summer of 2019, she performed the role Antiope in Maria Antonia Walpurgis’ Talestri, Regina delle Amazzoni with the free opera companies Kamraterna and Den Andra Operan – one of the first performances of the opera since its world premiere in 1766. To be able to continue her studies in earlier music she was the first to receive Vännernas Opera Scholarship from the Friends of Drottningholms Slottsteater in 2018. The scholarship was awarded by his majesty Carl XVI Gustaf king of Sweden during a concert at The Drottningholm Court Theatre.

Linnea Andreassen finished her studies at the University College of Opera in Stockholm in 2017. During her studies she worked on roles such as Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito by Mozart, Rosina in Il barbieri di Siviglia by Rossini, Anna 1 in Die Sieben Todsünden by Weill and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti by Bernstein.