“When listening to the ARUNDOSquintett, this question arises:
why is the string quartet is considered the noblest form of chamber music?”
- Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln
Anna Saha – flute
Yoshihiko Shimo – oboe
Christine Stemmler – clarinet
Lisa Rogers – horn
Yuka Maehrle – 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 was founded in 2013 and is based in the German State of North Rhine Westphalia. This woodwind quintet delights its audiences with new, original and classical woodwind quintet repertoire combined with charming moderation. The five musicians, Anna Saha (Flute), Yoshihiko Shimo (Oboe), Christine Stemmler (Clarinet), Lisa Rogers (Horn) und Yuka Maehrle (Bassoon), were inspired to form this ensemble because of their studies at the Cologne Conservatory or because of their work in the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf. This elite young ensemble impresses all ages with its stunningly precise collaboration, breathtaking virtuosity, and relentless love of performance.
The ARUNDOSquintett won awards at the Antón García Abril 2014 and the Castilla y León 2015 international chamber music competitions. It qualified for the prestigious ARD-Music Competition 2014, and the Carl-Nielsen-Competition 2015. In 2017, the ARUNDOSquintett was chosen as one of 8 wind ensembles worldwide to fly to Japan and compete in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.
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.
In 2020, the ARUNDOSquintett was the recipient of the prestigious three-year Ensemble grant from the Ministry of Culture of the State of North Rhein Westfalen, along with a stipend for its Project “NRWinds” from the Kunststiftung NRW.
With its extensive repertoire, they can be heard in various venues including: the Philharmonie Köln, Radio Station WDR in Cologne, Beethovenhaus in Bonn, and the Rheingau Musik Festival in Germany. The musicians have collected international concert experience on tours in Spain, Italy, Belgium, and Japan.
The individual members of the quintet are distinguished by their artistically outstanding capabilities and have been awarded prizes in numerous musical competitions. All musicians perform as chamber musicians as well as soloists, and currently hold positions in North Rhein Westphalia, Germany.
“Their technically flawless performance is characterized by captivating freshness, meticulous listening and the endeavor to never improperly play a dominant role.”
- Rheinische Post
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
“When listening to the ARUNDOSquintett, the question arises why particularly the string quartet is considered the noblest form of chamber music.”
- Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln
“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.”
- Generalanzeiger Bonn
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