Duo Niels Bijl & Brian Chapman

Duo Niels Bijl-Brian Chapman

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Duo Niels Bijl – Brian Chapman


Witness the saxophone’s expressive power and astonishing versatility.

Experience the enchanting melodies of Dutch saxophonist Niels Bijl and esteemed concert pianist Brian Chapman as they breathe new life into classical masterpieces. Renowned for his mastery of the tenor saxophone, Bijl made his debut onto the Australian music scene after an illustrious career throughout Europe. Bijl’s critically acclaimed recordings, Chant du Saxophone Ténor and Mozaik features both original compositions and exquisite transcriptions, showcasing his profound dedication to the instrument.

Revered concert pianist Brian Chapman is a pillar of Melbourne’s music scene with over 55 years of experience across three continents. Chapman’s extensive discography, including over 100 studio recordings and broadcasts for the ABC highlight his exceptional talent and artistry.

About the concert

Together, Bijl and Chapman take audiences on a journey with Chant du Saxophone Ténor (The Song of the Tenor Saxophone). Exploring timeless masterpieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Glazunov, the saxophone defies all preconceived notions with its expressive power and astonishing versatility. Invented by Adolphe Sax in 1840, the often-misunderstood instrument was designed to combine the warmth of brass with the virtuosity of wind instruments. Through reimagined masterpieces, enjoy the rich heritage of the saxophone as Bijl and Chapman pay homage to its remarkable qualities.

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Niels Bijl tenor saxophone
Brian Chapman piano


Ludwig van Beethoven
7 Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen’, from W. A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte

Franz Schubert
Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor

Ludwig van Beethoven
Andante favori in F, WoO 57

Alexander Glazunov
Chant du Ménestrel

Robert Schumann
Adagio and Allegro Op.70


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