Margi Kirschenmann & Raaf Hekkema

(Pays-Bas / Netherlands)

Margie Kirschenmann (b.1972) studied classical saxophone at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Ed Bogaard and Arno Bornkamp. In may 1999 she graduated Cum Laude (teaching degree and performing degree). She plays a lot of chamber music and is co-founder of the Escher Ensemble (string quintet and saxophone quintet). Margie has performed with the Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble.

Raaf Hekkena (Amsterdam, 1968) studied saxophone with Ed Bogaard and Arno Bornkamp and composition with Tristan Keuris and Ton Lambij. Masterclasses by Jean-Marie Londeix, Ryo Noda, Iwan Roth and Marcus Weiss. Lessons in early music by Paul van Nevel, Sigiswald Kuyken and Frans Brüggen.

In 1994 he graduated with honour, after which he held second prize at the Tromp competition for the Benelux 1994 and was a laureat of the international Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for contemporary music 1996.

Besides the classical repertoire for the saxophone, modern music holds an important place in his broad interest. He closely worked together with Gijsbrecht Royé, who composed a solopiece for him in 1995, and recorded Jeff Hamburgs Concertino in 1997 for the label Composers Voice with the Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest conducted by David Porcelijn. Since 1998, he invests thoroughly in playing microtonal music.

NRC HANDELSBLAD, MARCH 96 I fell for his magnificent tone in the Berio-sequenza, where he puts behind him the shrill timbre of the saxophone. His tone scented of snowflakes, and the quality of his pianissimo was of the kind that one wondered if there had been played or not.

TUBANTIA, MARCH 95 Topsoloist at Chain in three notes Hekkema demonstrated what performing an interpretation is about. Concentration, a great intensity in the sound and an edged timing.

Since its foundation in 1985, Hekkema has been a member of Calefax Reed Quintet, for which he made dozens of arrangements. Calefax is regularly invited on specialized contemporary as well as early music venues and -festivals, it recorded for radio and television and produced four CDs. In march 1997 it received the Philip Morris finest selection award. On Calefax Debussy/Ravel-CD, MDG 6190658:

DE VOLKSKRANT, DECEMBER 95 Reedquintet Calefax creates its own genre Calefax rithmic flexibility is of Masters of the piano level. Hekkemas transformation of Le tombeau de Couperin is sensational. Of this music Ravel might have said that it should sound like Calefax

TROUW, JANUARY 96 These pianocompositions have been so skilfully arranged that the original settings are completely being set aside.

HET PAROOL, JANUARY 96 Why didnt Debussy and Ravel think of this?

As a soloist, Raaf Hekkema played with het Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest, Het Brabants Orkest, Combustion Chamber (in the televisionprogramme Reiziger in muziek), de Beethoven Academie (Antwerp) and Orchestre de chambre de la Gironde (France). As a freelancer, he has worked in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, MusikFabrik NRW (Germany) and the dutch Radio Chamber-, Symphony-, and Philharmonic Orchestras.

Margie Kirschenmann

(saxophone baritone)

Raaf Hekkema

(saxophone soprano)

Margie Kirschenmann et Raaf Hekkema ont choisi d'interpréter:

Margie Kirschenmann and Raaf Hekkema have chosen to perform:

J.S. Bach (arr. R. Hakkema)

Sonate e minor, BWV 1034

[saxophone soprano et saxophone baryton]

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