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“Zéphyros is a virtuoso group. No doubt its vigorous and enthusiastic approach to music—and the lively banter with which it entertains an audience between numbers—has something to do with its popularity.” —The Washington Post
“This young musical ensemble deserves such superlatives as “brilliant,” “stunning,” “masterful. Szervánszky created an exuberant and impressive work which Zéphyros presented with brilliance and precision.” —The Shelter Island Reporter
“This brilliant young ensemble could convince you that the sound of music in heaven is a delicately blended and balances ensemble of flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon.” —The Washington Post
“The ensemble created a near-symphonic sound.” —The New London Day
“The Zéphyros Quintet played with impeccable precision and rapt lyricism that is a hallmark of chamber players who truly listen to each other.” —The Chicago Sun Times
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Praised by audiences and critics alike for its brilliant virtuosity and expressive depth, the Zéphyros Winds is recognized as one of the nation’s leading chamber ensembles. With appearances across the country at major concert venues, including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, The Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, and the “Great Performers Series” at Lincoln Center, Zéphyros made its concerto debut with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Louis Langrée conducting the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, K. 297b, to open the festival’s 2004 season. During the 2003-2004 season, The Philadelphia Museum of Art engaged the Zéphyros Winds to create a program complimenting their recent exhibition, “Manet and the Sea.” They have toured with the renowned pianist and chamber musician Charles Wadsworth, and have performed as guests of the New York Woodwind Quintet at Alice Tully Hall and at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
At the invitation of the French Embassy in Washington, DC, Zéphyros performed a gala concert celebrating the centenary of Francis Poulenc’s birth. Radio broadcasts include “Performance Today” for National Public Radio, Public Radio International’s “Music from Chautauqua,” and WNYC’s “Around New York.” The Zéphyros Winds has performed residencies at colleges and universities around the country and has given master classes at The Juilliard School and The Yale School of Music. Their recording of Irving Fine’s “Partita for Woodwind Quintet,” is on Bridge Records.
Taking its name from the Greek god of the West Wind, the group first gained distinction in 1995, when, one year after its formation, it won both the First and Grand Prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition becoming the first wind quintet in the competition’s 22-year history to do so. Their New York debut soon followed at Merkin Concert Hall in 1997. Formed as a wind quintet, Zéphyros now performs in additional combinations, making possible a range of pieces from wind trios to Mozart’s timeless serenades for wind octet.
Comprising graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, Eastman, and The Juilliard School, the Zéphyros Winds is now based in Manhattan, where its members are energetic contributors to New York’s musical community.
Individually, members of Zéphyros have performed at the Marlboro, Tanglewood, and Caramoor Music Festivals, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Speculum Musicae, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, as well as for Broadway shows, television, movies, and with popular performing artists. The members of Zéphyros are fortunate to play together constantly in various ensembles, strengthening the bonds of out friendship and of our musical.