Described as “a choice ensemble that plays with style and elegance”, La’Ventus (“La’Ventus” is derived from the Latin words “Latus,” meaning side, and “Ventus,” meaning wind – thus, “winds from four sides”) is comprised of four saxophonists who possess a multitude of rich musical experiences and perspectives that span the globe. La’Ventus recently garnered national recognition as third prize winners of the 2014-15 American Prize in Chamber Ensemble Performance, where the panel quoted that their “musicianship, technical mastery, and collaborative unity are very strong, [and] the ensemble is able to sound as if it operates as one polyphonic instrument much of the time.”
La’Ventus has performed throughout the country and abroad, including performances on the guest artist series at Quinnipiac University, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) regional and biennial conferences, the International Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and the SaxArts Festival in Faenza, Italy. They have also been prizewinners in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competition, semifinalists in the North American Saxophone Alliance saxophone quartet competition, and finalists in the Astral artists chamber music competition.
La’Ventus has been selected to perform in a variety of masterclasses by distinguished artists that include the Imani Winds, Dr. Timothy McAllister, and the 4sxxes quartet. They have worked closely with composers Hilary Tann and John Mackey, and have premiered works by Thomas Schuttenhelm, Daniel Morel, Matthew Kennedy, Taige McMahon, Matthew Primm, Kevin Krumenauer, and Jonathan Annis. This past summer, they premiered renowned composer Piet Swert’s first original work for saxophone quartet at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France after their first Avaloch Farms Music Institute artist residency in June.