about

Hanumi saxophone quartet members are all prize-winning saxophonists and have all been students of Johan van der Linden in the Netherlands. In addition the members have studied in New Zealand, Germany and France, including Massey University, Victoria University and the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg.

Within a year of its inception, Hanumi was placed 3rd in the national Selmer-Paris concours for saxophone quartets and has since gone on to expand the saxophone quartet horizon by including other instruments and media in their concerts, e.g. piano, voice, percussion and choir. The quartet has been featured in numerous festivals including the ‘Roomnacht’, ‘museumnacht’ and ‘Grenswerk’ festivals and on Dutch television, with percussionist Ruud Roelofsen and oboist Bart Schneemannn during the Middelburg Chamber Music Festival.

The quartet has an emphasis on performing new music, regularly performing premieres, and music by living composers, as well as making their own arrangements of existing music.

Michael Jamieson

Michael studied at Victoria and Massey Universities (New Zealand) and after receiving the prestigious Patricia Pratt Scholarship, at the Messiaen Academy (The Netherlands) and Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg (France). Since completing his Masters in 2007, he has been in demand as an orchestral and chamber musician, regularly working with such groups as the NZSO, Auckland Philharmonia, Radio Chamber Orchestra (Netherlands), Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eclecta (modern music ensemble) and Hanumi Saxophone Quartet. Michael is a RICO performing artist and teacher of saxophone at Auckland University School of Music and his hobbies include playing and making bagpipes.

Harmke Seinen

Harmke began her studies on saxophone at the age of 8 with Hans Rikhof in Ommen. She has since completed her Bachelor of Music at Enschede conservatorium with Johan van der Linden, as well as undertaking 3 months study at the Conservatoire National de Region Strasbourg, France, with Philippe Geiss. As saxophonist she has performed with the main Youth wind orchestras of the Netherlands and in 2006 performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with Michael Jamieson. Harmke currently teaches at the muziekschool Borne, as well as Orchestra societies in Ommen and Westerhaar.

At 16 years of age, Harmke was a soloist with the percussion ensemble “Soli Deo Gloria” Ommen which was awarded first place at the World Music Contest, Kerkrade.

Miriam Kötter

Miriam was born in 1987 and took her first saxophone lessons at the age of
12. After several successful participations in the competitions “Jugend
Musiziert” and “Lion’s Club Wettbwerb” she was awarded a scholarship at
the “Folkwang University of Arts” in Essen in 2006 and began her studies to become a teacher.

In 2010 Miriam received a grant for extraordinary accomplishments during her studies, and in 2011 won an advancement award – together with Lukas Stappenbeck – bestowed by the District Administrator of the region Oberberg.

She is member of the “JungeBläserPhilharmonie NRW”, the Tintino
Saxophone Quartet and played with the “Neue Philharmonie Westfalen”.

Lukas Stappenbeck

Lukas was born in 1990 and started saxophone playing aged 13 under Uwe Renting. Since 2006 he is a Vooropleiding student with Johan van der Linden at the ArtEZ conservatoire in Enschede. In the year 2007 he received a second prize at the “Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert” together with pianist Bernhard Dumoulin. He won a first prize (Bundessieger) in the year 2009 in the category saxophone solo wich gave him a full scholarship for the summeracademy at the “Hochschule für Musik Detmold”.

Simon Brew (past member)

Simon gained his Honours degree (1st class) from Massey University. He has been a contract player for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philhamonia and performed throughout New Zealand with chamber ensembles Saxcess and Tango Virtuosi including tours for Chamber Music NZ. Simon was formerly principal saxophone for the Central Band of the RNZAF.

Awards include best saxophonist under 30 at the International Festival of Single Reeds in Melbourne (2005), 3rd place in the National Concerto Competition (2003), best New Zealand wind player at the Gisborne International Music Competitions (2003) and first prize in the 2010 Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Concours with pianist Andrey Nesterenko.

As a promising conductor he worked as assistent for the Wellington Youth Sinfonietta under Michael Vinten. He came to study with Johan van der Linden with scholarships from AMP, Creative NZ and Denis Adam Foundation.