The Saxophone is an instrument with a truly European history, since it was invented by the Belgian Adolphe Sax (1814 – 1894) in 1840.
The first European activity similar to a congress took place, for the first time, in 1986 at Aix Les Bans, a city in France. In 1987,the European Saxophone Meeting was hosted in the city of Alicante (Spain). In 1990, with the 150th anniversary of the saxophone invention, the III European Saxophone Meeting took place in Dinant (Belgium) where Adolphe Sax was born. In Dinant, every four years, the most important worldwide saxophone competition occurs there.
The Spanish Association of Saxophonists tried to recovered the spirit of these activities by proposing the creation of the I European Conference of the Saxophone in Ciudad Real (Spain) in the year 2014. The II European Saxophone Congress was held in Oporto in 2017 and was facilitated by the Portuguese Association of the Saxophone, created for that purpose in Portugal at the same year.
To reach the establishment of the European Saxophone Congress, we consider the following objectives:
The musical promotion of the saxophone, as a basic element of the European musical culture, interchanging interpretive and educational experiences.
The promotion of the repertory, stimulating the premiere of works by European authors, which should provide an evolution of the saxophonist repertoire.
The promotion of the musical culture of the saxophone in Europe, interchanging experiences with teachers and artists between countries in Europe.
Promoting education with masterclasses and training conferences of European speakers.
The promotion of research, facilitating research papers for the historical and musicological advance of the saxophone.