Hailing from Barcelona, Kebyart is one of the most promising ensembles of the current music scene. These four talented musicians share an endless passion for chamber music and wish to breathe fresh air into the way classical music is communicated.
Their endeavour to transform their performances into a unique experience results in explosive and vibrant staging, which has been praised by audiences and critics alike.
Their glittering career has sparked the interest of the major concert halls in Europe and consequently they have been selected as ECHO Rising Stars for the 2021-22 season. As part of the scheme, they will make their debut in more than a dozen venues and festivals such as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Musikverein in Vienna, Philharmonie in Paris and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. They have also performed in Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Stadtcasino Basel, Schubertíada Vilabertran and Palau de la Música Catalana.
Their interpretations have secured them some of the most recognized European chamber music awards: the Orpheus Swiss Chamber Music Competition, the International Franz Cibulka Competition, El Primer Palau and the prestigious BBVA Chamber Music Prize. Since 2018 they have been part of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA).
Since its beginnings in 2014, Kebyart has striven for excellence. The musicians studied at ESMUC (Barcelona) and Musik-Akademie (Basel), and received tuition from some of the most renowned musicians and chamber groups, including Cuarteto Casals, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett), Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartett), Cuarteto Quiroga, Sergio Azzolini, Claudio Martínez-Mehner, Anton Kernjak, Kennedy Moretti and Nacho Gascón. They have also collaborated with Dénes Várjon, Xavier Sabata and Albert Guinovart.
And where does the name come from? Explosive contrasts of tempo, dynamics and colours. These are the qualities of gamelan gong kebyar, a traditional Balinese music which accompanies dance and aims at causing ecstasy among the audiences, a goal shared by the four saxophonists. As ambassadors of the brands, they perform on Henri Selmer saxophones and Selmer and Vandoren accessories.