Sander Germanus

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Sander Germanus (born March 16, 1972 in Amsterdam ) is a Dutch saxophonist and composer.

Germanus studied classical saxophone with Ed Bogaard at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 1988 to 1995 . From 1992 he took part in saxophone masterclasses from Jean-Marie Londeix and Claude Delangle (France), Ryō Noda (Japan) and Krzysztof Herder (Poland). At the Rotterdam Conservatory he also studied composition with Peter-Jan Wagemans and instrumentation with Klaas de Vries . He also took lessons from Luc Van Hove at the Antwerp Conservatory from 1994–95 and attended a master class with Pierre Boulez in 1995 . At the Orpheus Institute in Ghent he took part in seminars by Helmut Lachenmann and Jonathan Harvey , among others , and in 2005 he presented his diploma thesis on microtonal music .

2001–02 he worked as a scholarship holder at the international artist house Villa Concordia in Bamberg. Since 2007 he has been the artistic director of the Stichting Huygens-Fokker , a center for microtonal music in Amsterdam, which houses Adriaan Fokker's 31-tone organ . Since 2010 he has been giving lectures on contemporary music. As a saxophonist he has been a member of the World Saxophone Orchestra (soprano and sopranino saxophone) since 1991 and has performed as a soloist since 1998.


  • Caffè Concerto for violin and piano (1991/1992)
  • Drie maal daags for two oboes, block of wood and cowbells (1992)
  • Jatwerk voor vier helers for saxophone quartet (1992)
  • Kamerconcertje voor tuba & blokfluitkwartet (commissioned for Arjan Stroop ) (1993)
  • De Straat for string quintet (1993)
  • Beetje Precies for piano (for Niek de Vente ) (1993/1994)
  • Kamerconcertje voor altsaxofoon & ensemble (1995)
  • Tocht for clarinet, horn, violin and cello (1995)
  • Zo vergaat 't for string quartet (1996)
  • Titatoe for saxophone quartet and six percussionists (1996)
  • Adam's Archipelago (1997)
  • Back and Forward for Kammer-Funkband (1998)
  • Klimmen & dalen for string and saxophone quintet (1998)
  • Capriccio voor genoeg vioolsnaren for violin solo (for Janine Janssen ) (1999)
  • Continental for two differently tuned chamber orchestras (1999)
  • Le Tourne-disque Antique for woodwind quintet (2000/2001)
  • Ela for choir and orchestra (2002)
  • Intrada for quarter-tone soprano saxophone and two horns (2002)
  • Organic Movements for 31-tone organ (2002/2003)
  • Thermiek for double wind quintet (2003)
  • Steigers for mezzo-soprano and six wind instruments (2004)
  • Microphobia for alto saxophone and tap shoes (commissioned for William Raajman ) (2005)
  • Lunapark for 16 musicians (2005/2006)
  • History of MIR for quarter tone trumpet and five woodwinds (2006)
  • Hallucinations for string quartet (2007)
  • Piccadilly Circus for 18 musicians (2007/2008)
  • Waldorf-Astoria for 17 musicians (2009)
  • Hammerfest for two pianists (2010)
  • Pipework for 31-tone organ (2010)
  • Gallium for 31-tone ensemble (2010/2011)
  • Fetus' Voyage for orchestra (2011)
  • Moonwalk for saxophone quartet (2012/2013)
  • Only for crazy people for woodwind quintet, recordings and spotlights ad lib. (2013/2014)
  • Stretch Your Ears! for big band (2008/2014)
  • Quicksand for musicians and quarter-tone soprano saxophone (2014/2015)
  • L'ultimo minuto di Donna Maria for four voices and 31-tone organ (2015)
  • Beetje Preciezer for piano (commissioned for Ralph van Raat ) (2015/2016)
  • Spacewalk for clarinet quintet (2016-2017)
  • Morpheus for 96-tone piano and 31-tone organ (for Anne Veinberg and Ere Lievonen ) (2017/2018)

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