Concept Store Quartet is an ensemble of saxophonist, violinist, percussionist and accordionist, who’s paths crossed because of the search for new challenging and fascinating music. They come from different cultural backgrounds, but have the same vision of sound and love for chamber music. Although the group has been active only since September 2018, they have already established a significant position on the map of Swiss contemporary classical music. This was noticed and appreciated recently, in August 2019, at Nicati Competition, where their outstanding attributes were pointed out and awarded the 1st Prize and the Public Prize.
In the latest season they performed on Impuls Academy (Graz, February 2019), Happy New Ears Festival (Basel, January 2019), Attacca Festival (Basel, June 2019) and the concert of premieres in Musikerwohnhaus (Basel, January 2019), always receiving enthusiastic feedback.
The ensemble focuses on close work with young composers to perform pieces, which they can truly identify with. Moreover, due to unusual instrumentation, all the pieces are commissioned, written for and premiered by Concept Store Quartet. In the short but active history of the ensemble they have worked with Stylianos Dimou, Francisco Domínguez, Bethany Younge, Anda Kryeziu, Tobias Krebs and Yulan Yu.
In the future the ensemble is planning collaboration with composer and artist Marta Śniady and Andreas Frank and developing an interactive piece for ensemble, electronics and video.
The ensemble members’ work in the field of contemporary music involves performing and premiering new pieces as well as being active as teachers and coaches of new music. As soloist and chamber musicians they are cooperating with Ensemble Modern, Synergein Project, Sigma Project, Ensemble Proton, Ensemble BCN 216, Ensemble Phoenix, Le NEC, Sinfonietta Basel and other.