Chamber MusicAlliage Quintett
Alliage Quintett © Ira WeinrauchArtist
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Daniel Gauthier –soprano saxophone
Hayrapet Arakelyan –alto saxophone
Simon Hanrath – tenor saxophone
Sebastian Pottmeier – baritone saxophone
Jang Eun Bae – piano

The “ALLIAGE QUINTETT” is one of the most creative and successful saxophone ensembles in Germany and Europe. Its characteristics are a huge diversity in style, but also the blending of different epochs and ways of playing. This is also represented in their name: alliage is the French physical term for “alloy“, thus referring to the saxophone being an alloy of copper and zinc. In the broader sense, it describes the musical ideal of the five musicians forming one homogeneous whole and their perfectly attuned play.

The quintet was founded by Daniel Gauthier, who has been the first professor for classical saxophone in Germany (at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne) and the ensemble‘s leader and soprano saxophonist. The ensemble plays regularly all over the world. The highlight of the 2017/18 season will be a major tour together with Sabine Meyer in Australia. They will also return to the US and play in some of the important music towns in Germany such as Berlin and others.


With its unique programme, the Alliage Quintett performs successfully on the narrow ridge between subtle chamber music and sophisticated entertainment and can fill the major concert halls throughout Germany and Europe.

Besides several radio broadcastings, the ensemble has so far published six CDs. In 2011 the quintet started its fairy-tale journey through Russia with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and „Scheherazade“ by Rimsky-Korsakov. With „Dancing Paris“, the artists were successful in creating a sweeping album which captures the magic charm of the music in Paris around the turn of the century. Compositions by Erik Satie, Darius Milhaud, George Enescu, Germaine Tailleferre, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland were specially arranged for the unique quintet. This CD received the renowned ECHO Klassik award in October 2014 which is already the second one since the recording of „Una voce poco fa“ in 2005.

Their recent CD “FANTASIA” (SONY, 2016) brought the ensemble together with Sabine Meyer – a very successful and fruitful collaboration. In 2018 “Songs & Dances” with music by Respighi and Bernstein will be released.

The musicians play on instruments by Henri SELMER Paris and reeds by Vandoren. 

Season 2017/18


“Alliage’s playful refinement is enthralling.”

Pizzicato, Remy Franck, 21.03.2018

“If you were ever inclined to believe that the saxophone is not a serious musical instrument, then the Alliage Quintett will rapidly dispel the idea. They are exceptional players in every respect, with virtuosic technique, admirable ensemble skill and a notable range of tone colours.”

Advertiser Adeleide, Stephen Whittington, 03.2018

“(…) the group’s strong tempo, dynamic contrasts and sumptuous soundscapes vividly evoked their character and flavour.”

The Australian, Murray Black, 03.2018

“From the start, the rapport and humour among the six players on the stage was clearly evident in their delighted faces and their energetic and joyous application to the music. […] This was a brilliantly entertaining evening, in the purest sense of the word. An erudite but accessible programme, an unusual and thought-provoking combination of instruments, and a group of exceptional and engaging musicians, inviting an audience to share the passion and enjoyment of their music-making.”

scenestr. Queensland, Karen Hutt and John Hutt, 07.03.2018

“The Quintett creates the extraordinary illusion of the sound of a big orchestra with four saxophones and a piano, and joined by Meyer they create musical magic with some fairly enchanting stories”

classic FM, Drive Discovery, John Brunning, 27.03.2016

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Lost in TemptationWorks of Saint-Saëns, Respighi, Chatschaturian, Holst, Weill, Brahms und PurcellMar. 2018, , CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon