The Nelligan Saxophone Quartet was formed in 1994, with the mandate to showcase the contemporary and classical repertoire for the saxophone. The quartet gave its first official recital on April 16, 1994 at the opening concert of the event ʺThe saxophone: Past, Present and Futureʺ, a weekend devoted to the saxophone and organized around the French master Jean‑Marie Londeix.
The quartetʹs first season began in the fall of that year and it was followed by a tour in Europe in July 1995, which led the four saxophonists to perform in Belgium and France. In 1997, the Nelligan Quartet recorded its first album, a transcription for saxophone quartet of the Art of Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Since its beginning, the Nelligan Saxophone Quartet has performed in many Quebec concert halls, including Redpath Hall, McGill University, the Françoys‑Bernier in Domaine Forget, the Chapel of the Grand Seminary of Montreal, the Théâtre La Chapelle, and the Salle Marie‑Stéphane of the Vincent DʹIndy School of Music. Among the colleges that hosted the quartet are the Cégep de Joliette, Cégep Marie‑Victorin, Cégep de Drummondville, the University of Montreal, and Laval University, thus providing their students the opportunity to attend recitals given by professional musicians.
In July 2000, the Nelligan Quartet was part of the organizing committee of the 12th International Congress of the Saxophone in Montreal, in addition to presenting a recital of contemporary music.
Recipient of a fellowship from the Maurier Arts Council for its 2003 season, the Nelligan Quartet had the opportunity to present a series of concerts on the theme of minimalist music in the greater Montreal area. Another award, this time given by the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, enabled the quartet to travel to Sicily where it gave three concerts in cooperation with the Arcadia Quartet (Italy) at the newly restored Cathedral of Noto. During this trip to Italy, the Nelligan Saxophone Quartet also had the chance to create and record five new works for solo voice, choir, and two saxophone quartets, including one piece composed by the director of the choir of the Sistine Chapel Rome, Monsignor Giuseppe Liberto.
The Nelligan Saxophone Quartet is currently working on new projects such as the participation in the next World Saxophone Congress to be held saxophone in Scotland, a new concert series, and a new recording project.