Russian Wind Quintet Wins Prestigious Osaka Competition

  • May 24, 2005

OSAKA, JAPAN (5/24/05) - The Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet has won First Prize in the Fifth Triennial Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, sponsored by the Japan Chamber Music Foundation. Top honors in the Osaka competition is one of the most sought-after prizes in the chamber music world and carries a purse of 3 million yen (approximately $28,000), plus a 10-concert tour of Japan, to be held in November 2006.

The Russian Wind Quintet is the first Russian ensemble to win either of the two sections of the Osaka competition (which is divided into string and wind ensembles). Past winners include The Jupiter Trio, Jerusalem Trio, Ison Ensemble and Trio Jean Paul. The competition consisted of two rounds of performances and was juried by an esteemed group of music professionals, chaired by Ryutaro Iwabuchi.

The Russian Wind Quintet was founded in 2000 and has performed in Russia, Spain, the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Bermuda and Japan. Its performances have been shown on Russian television and broadcast on the radio. The Russian Wind Quintet has premiered numerous works in Russia, including Hindemith's Concerto for Woodwinds, Harp, and Orchestra, Chris Brubeck's Crescent City Suite and Andrey Rubtsov's Three Moods.

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