Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon
The Philharmonic Wind Quintet of Berlin was founded in 1988, in the era of Herbert von Karajan. The ensemble has constantly received musical inspiration and stimulation from the Berlin Philharmoniker’s exceptionally productive and influential musical partnerships, with Karajan and his successors as principal conductor, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. As members of the orchestra, they have naturally also benefited from collaboration with the other great conductors of this period, from Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Kleiber and Sir John Barbirolli, by way of Günter Wand, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Muti, to James Levine and Daniel Barenboim, to mention only a few.
Audiences worldwide are constantly astonished by the Philharmonic Wind Quintet’s variety of expression, its spectrum of tonal colours, and the stylistic assurance of its interpretations. Listeners and critics agree that the ensemble has succeeded in virtually redefining the sound of the classical wind quintet. Along with the entire breadth of the quintet literature, the ensemble’s repertoire includes works for augmented forces, for example the sextets by Janáček and Reinicke and the septets by Hindemith and Koechlin. In recent years, its collaborations with the pianists Stephen Hough, Jon Nakamatsu, Lars Vogt and Lilya Zilberstein have assumed increasing importance.
In addition, the members of the Philharmonic Wind Quintet have stepped up their teaching activities, and they have a special commitment to the youth orchestra system of Venezuela.
Henning Trog – Marion Reinhard
For 21 years the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet performed unchanged in its original founding membership. Now, however, founding bassoonist Henning Trog has announced his retirement. After nearly 50 years performing on the world's most important stages, a full 41 of those years as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic itself, Henning has decided to turn his attention in the future to the nurturing and training of outstanding young bassoonists and chamber musicians around the world. A musician's musician and a veritable pillar of the ensemble, Henning Trog remains a true role model for all "Philharmoniker".
Naturally the challenge of replacing the irreplaceable is great. The quintet is delighted therefore to announce that Berlin Philharmonic colleague Marion Reinhard has become the ensemble's new bassoonist. With her own extensive wind quintet experience, as well as her years of membership in the Berlin Philharmonic, her appointment promises artistic continuity and the preservation of a unique sound. The ensemble looks forward to this exciting new artistic collaboration.