Sunday, March 25, 2018
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence.
WindSync is the Gold Medalist in the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition. The group received the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and numerous performance prizes from the CAG competition, including the ensemble’s New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Chautauqua Institution, Washington Performing Arts Society’s “Music in the Country” series, and the “Music in the Park” series of The Schubert Club (St. Paul, MN). Recent performance engagements include the Library of Congress in Washington DC, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center in China, and the Met Museum’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, as well as radio broadcasts by New York Public Radio’s McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase and Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Dedicated to showcasing contemporary music and expanding wind quintet repertoire, in 2015 WindSync performed the premiere of a new wind quintet The Long and Short of It by American composer Paul Lansky, commissioned by the Library of Congress’ Carolyn Royall Just Fund and the Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2016, the group commissioned young American composer, Michael Gilbertson to write a concerto for wind quintet and orchestra. The Cosmos premiered in May 2016 with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, with two repeat performances by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, TX in November 2016. The group also relies heavily on a large body of original arrangements of classical masterworks in order to build innovative and thematic programs.