Anna Saha – flute
Yoshihiko Shimo – oboe
Christine Stemmler – clarinet
Lisa Rogers – horn
Yuka Kamo – bassoon
Fascinatingly homogenous, breathtakingly virtuoso, overwhelmingly expressive: The ARUNDOSquintett makes classical music an exceptional listening experience. With an irrepressible delight in performing and thrilling freshness the young acclaimed ensemble enthralls its audience again and again.
The ARUNDOSquintett is award winner of the international chamber music competitions Antón García Abril 2014 and Castilla y León 2015. Furthermore, it qualified for the prestigious Osaka Chamber Music Competition 2017, ARD-Music Competition 2014, and the Carl-Nielsen-Competition 2015. In May 2015, the ARUNDOSquintett appeared in a live broadcast on Radio WDR 3 with Anton Reicha’s Quintet in D Major as part of the radio station’s “Open Auditions”.
The musicians are grant-holders of a scholarship of the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation and winner of the concert series Best of NRW 2016. In April 2016, a live recording from the “Best of NRW” tour was broadcasted on Radio WDR 3’s Chamber Music program.
With its extensive repertoire the woodwind ensemble can be heard in various chamber music concert series, among others, at the Philharmonie Köln, Radio Station WDR in Cologne and Beethovenhaus in Bonn. The musicians collected international concert experience on tours in Spain, Italy, Belgium, and Japan. In summer 2015, the ARUNDOSquintett accepted an invitation to the Rheingau Musik Festival in Germany, and in March 2016, the quintet performed at the Cologne Philharmonic’s series Philharmonic Lunch Concerts.
The individual members of the quintet are distinguished by their artistically outstanding capabilities and have been awarded prices in numerous musical competitions. All musicians perform as chamber musicians as well as soloists, and have contracts with and make regular guest appearances with renowned orchestras such as the Düsseldorf Symphony, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, the State Opera Hanover and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. The five musicians met during their studies at the Conservatory in Cologne and during their occupational activities at the German Opera on the Rhine in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 2013.
“When listening to the ARUNDOSquintett, the question arises why particularly the string quartet is considered the noblest form of chamber music.”
Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln
“Their technically flawless performance is characterized by captivating freshness, meticulous listening and the endeavor to never improperly play a dominant role.”
“The Mozart arrangement was performed on an outstanding classical level. A downright event were the 6 Bagatelles by György Ligeti. Everything was perfect here: the five members of the ensemble demonstrated a boisterous musical enthusiasm and presented the pointed miniatures with a sensational timing.”
„The highly talented musicians take to heart all chamber music virtues: virtuoso wit, instrumental punch lines and sensuous presence within a homogenous woodwind ensemble. Powerful music, interpreted in a powerful way.”
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung