Collaborating with composers, artists, and guests, Proteus explores the capabilities of the saxophone quartet and its variations. Subsequently, they have developed a unique and personal repertoire that takes audiences on a journey through traditional works, transcriptions, and new music with “incredible precision and a great deal of emotion” (Le Voyageur).
Born from a shared love for chamber music and the saxophone, the Proteus Quartet was formed in 2011 in Paris while the members were studying in French Conservatories. Living across Canada, Proteus unites throughout the year for intensive projects, which have taken them across Western Canada, the USA, and France.
They strive to perform music from many styles, which feature the saxophone and its diverse personas. They include works from the classical saxophone canon, popular tunes, and modern interpretations of non-idiomatic works for the saxophone. By programming eclectic concerts, they aim to entertain and to educate the public about the history of the saxophone and the saxophone quartet repertoire.