TRANSCONTINENTAL SAXOPHONE QUARTET


Russ Peterson — soprano saxophone
Marco Albonetti — alto saxophone
Carrie Koffman — tenor saxophone
Yiannis Miralis — baritone saxophone

The Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet (TSQ) is comprised of musicians from Cyprus, Italy, and the United States. The quartet offers innovative programming with works that combine elements from classical, jazz, rock, ethnic and world music. Dedicated to promoting and developing the saxophone repertoire, the TSQ often collaborates with Greek, Italian and American composers.

Winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chamber Music Competition, TSQ has appeared throughout Europe and North America. They have performed in music festivals such as the Ravenna Festival in Italy, the World Saxophone Conferences in Valencia, Spain and Montreal, Canada, at numerous universities and conservatories, and in a diverse array of community venues.

The original quartet was established in 1996 at Bowling Green State University under the supervision of Dr. John Sampen. Since then, its members have played valuable roles in the field of classical saxophone as winners in international music competitions, as composers, and as saxophone professors at universities and conservatories in Europe and the USA. Carrie Koffman joined the group in 2014.

The TSQ has released a CD entitled “Mountain Roads" (TROY412, 2001) with Albany Records.