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Biography

David Cortez, soprano sax      Robin Lacey, tenor sax 
David Baker, alto sax               Johnny Selmer, baritone sax

The Zēlos Quartet is dedicated to performing a wide array of repertoire ranging from underrepresented contemporary works to transcriptions from the baroque, classical, and romantic eras. Committed to performing on saxophones that fit the acoustical specifications of its inventor Adolphe Sax, the Zēlos Quartet looks to connect with a variety of audiences to show the wide range of sounds and colors of the saxophone.

Zēlos has been heard across the United States in live concerts such as 405 Shrader (San Francisco, CA), Bainbridge Museum of Art(WA), Bridge Street Theather(NY), Beethoven Center (San Jose, CA), and the Herbst Theather (San Francisco, CA). They have also participated in summer music festivals such as Festival South (Hattiesburg, MS) and the National Music Festival (Chestertown, MD), where they have enjoyed performing for local audiences not only in the concert hall  but also farmers markets and public spaces alike. Zēlos have been extensively coached by Dr. Michael Hernandez of San Jose State University and the critically acclaimed Mana Quartet, and have participated in masterclasses by Verona String Quartet, Shanghai Quartet and Amethyst Quartet.

This season's highlights include performing Philip Glass' Concerto for Saxophone Quartet with the Redwood Symphony, as well as performing as season openers for the sold out Music by the Sea chamber series as a part of wining the Beverly Hills International Auditions. Zēlos can  be heard on NPR's Live Sessions and has appeared twice on Northwest Focus Live! on Classical KING FM.

Recent awards of the Zēlos Quartet include the Grand Prize at the Frances Walton Chamber Competition, 1st prize in the 2018 California MTNA chamber music competition, and 1st prize in the 2018 South West Region MTNA chamber music competition.