In 1989, a group of dedicated professional saxophone players got together under the direction of Masahiro MAEDA to pursue the new way of interpreting the classic music.
He created the ensemble of twenties of saxophones, having been inspired by his study in the Conservatoire National de Lyon, France.This unique ensemble consists of 6 kinds of saxophone, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass and Tubax(contra-bass) saxophone, and performs various genre of music, mainly Classic but also Pops, Jazz etc. Twenties of professional saxophonists offer their dynamic sound as well as perfectly balanced harmony, comparable to an orchestra, to the audiences.The Ensemble has performed more than one hundred of concerts since its establishment, in Japan, in other countries in Europe, in Asia and in North America, including the one at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. They have played not only in the big concert halls but also in the church, in the park, in the wine yard, closer to the audience. The Ensemble has released more than ten CDs as well. Today, Mi-Bémol Saxophone Ensemble is recognized by the public as the ensemble unique in the world. The name of the Mi-Bémol Saxophone Ensemble is originated from the particularity of the instrument. The saxophone is the transposing instrument invented and developed in 1840’s by Adolphe SAX, the young Belgian musical instrument manufacturer. Mi-Bémol stands for E Flat in French. For example when you play your alto saxophone, Do or C on your instrument gives the sound equivalent to Mi-Bémol or E Flat on the original music score.