About us

Sax Ecosse are a vibrant saxophone quartet who enjoy considerable success as a chamber ensemble throughout the UK and Europe. We were recipients of the Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Project 2008-10, and are alumni of the prestigious Live Music Now scheme founded by Yehudi Menuhin. We are passionate advocates for original repertoire for saxophone quartet and have successfully introduced this exciting and engaging music to numerous audiences throughout music clubs and festivals. Recent performances range from The Edinburgh International Festival, The Emerging Artist Series at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Celtic Connections, and Minimal at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, to recitals at the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia and the St Olav’s Festival in Norway.

All four members of Sax Ecosse are graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We formed in 2004 during our studies at the RCS where we won all of the major chamber music prizes including the Governor’s Recital Prize and the Mary D Adams Prize for Chamber Music. During this time Sax Ecosse also reached the final of Saxtet Publication’s Saxophone Quartet Competition leading to a performance at the British Saxophone Congress.

Sax Ecosse has received generous grants towards their professional development from Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, The Cross Trust, Scottish International Educational Trust, and The Hope Scott Trust, allowing them to study as a quartet with the pioneering Rascher Saxophone Quartet and the virtuoso saxophonist, Dr Frederick Hemke.

Karen Dufour

Karen studied with Josef Pacewicz at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating with a Masters degree in saxophone performance. During her studies she won the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Apprenticeship Scheme and the Mary D Adams Prize for Chamber Music. In 2011 Karen was awarded the Creative Scotland Personal Development Award allowing her to study in … Continue reading Karen Dufour

Michelle Melvin

Michelle studied violin and saxophone at RCS Juniors before undertaking BMus(hons) at Edinburgh Napier University with Josef Pacewicz. She went on to study postgraduate performance in saxophone at RCS graduating in 2004, and was awarded the Mary D Adams Prize, and the Governors’ Recital Prize for Chamber Music.  Michelle continued her professional development with lessons … Continue reading Michelle Melvin

Gillian Skingley

Growing up in North East Scotland, Gillian developed a passion for music and performance through the strong folk traditions from her home country. After studying saxophone performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Josef Pacewicz she enjoyed teaching woodwind and performing as a freelance musician throughout the UK. Gillian then returned to university in … Continue reading Gillian Skingley

Jay Capperauld

Jay graduated with distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2012 after studying Saxophone under the tutelage of Josef Pacewicz. As a saxophonist, Jay has worked with some of the major Scottish Orchestras including; the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the Scottish Festival Orchestra and also performs regularly with Sax … Continue reading Jay Capperauld