Dorian Wind Quintet

Recognized by critics, audiences, and colleagues alike for its polished and passionate performances, the Dorian Wind Quintet is known worldwide as one of chamber music’s preëminent and longest continuously active ensembles. The Quintet has traveled around the world – concertizing in 48 of the 50 United States and Canada, touring Europe eighteen times, and playing throughout the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia. The Dorian made history in 1981, as the first wind quintet to appear at Carnegie Hall.
Since its inception at Tanglewood in 1961, the Dorian has collaborated with many of the most transcendent and legendary artists in the world of classical music during the 20th and 21st centuries, including: Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Jean Casadesus, Phyllis Curtin, Lukas Foss, the American Brass Quintet, Claude Frank, Lorin Hollander, Ruth Laredo, Minoru Nojima, Kevork Mardirossian, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Tocco, Mary Beth Peil, and the Apple Hill String Quartet.
The Quintet has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Stravinsky Festival at Lincoln Center, the International Festival in Warsaw, Caramoor International Music Festival, North Carolina New Music Initiative, Newberry Spring Festival (Great Britain), Ontario’s Stratford Festival, San Luis Obispo Festival, Chamber Music Festival of Aguascalientes, Mexico and the New American Music Festival in Sacramento. The Quintet has served as the resident ensemble for the Mannes College of Music, Brooklyn College, Hunter College and the State University of New York. The group was in residence at Dartington Hall and Newberry (both in England), the Tanglewood Music Festival, and for over 10 years, at the Festival Institute at Round Top, Texas.
To date, the Dorian is responsible for nearly 40 commissions of 20th and 21st century wind music from major composers, including: Luciano Berio, Joan Tower, Mario Davidovsky, Bruce Adolphe, Lukas Foss, Jacob Druckman, Billy Childs, Lee Hoiby, David Del Tredici, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, and George Perle. The Dorian Quintet’s commission of George Perle’s Wind Quintet No. 4 won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1986, making history as the first Pulitzer ever awarded for a wind quintet. The group has recorded on the Vox, CRI, Serenus, New World, and Summit Records labels.
The Dorian Quintet partners with the Pro Musicis foundation, expanding and restructuring its outreach efforts in New York City – bringing chamber music of the highest quality to residents of assisted living facilities, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, schools, community centers, and retirement communities. Its goal is to provide access for audiences that are prevented from attending regular concert venues, spread joy and inspiration to people in difficult situations, and for the Quintet to continue enriching its beloved New York City community.
The members of the Dorian Wind Quintet are each highly regarded performers, associated with other prominent performing ensembles, venues, and musical institutions, who have united out of a mutual passionate commitment to the advocacy and performance of the wind chamber music repertoire.

Flutist Gretchen Pusch made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut as winner of the Artist International Competition. She has appeared frequently in recital and as concerto soloist in North America, Europe and Asia. A member of the Dorian Wind Quintet, she has also collaborated in chamber music concerts with Peter Schickele, Anthony Newman, Maxence Larrieu and Paula Robison, among others. Ms Pusch has performed with the American Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi and on Broadway. She has been heard on radio, television and recordings for CRI, VAI, Panasonic, Summit, Innova, Mode and Windham Hill. Formerly on the faculty of Rutgers University, Ms Pusch currently serves on the flute faculty of the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program and the International Festival Institute at Round Top and is a teaching artist for several fellowship outreach programs. She served on the jury of the 2011 Maxence Larrieu International Flute Competition in Nice, France. She is a graduate of Boston University and studied with Julius Baker, James Pappoutsakis and Keith Underwood.

Gerard Reuter began his oboe studies at the Juilliard School at the age of nine and continued there as a pupil of Lois Wann. He attended the Royal College of Music, studying with Terrence MacDonagh and Michael Winfield. Mr Reuter is a favorite at summer music festivals such as Caramoor and Marlboro and has toured Europe and the United States with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has been principal oboist of American Ballet Theatre, An die Musik, Parnassus, and the New York Philomusica. As the recipient of the 1992 Pro Musicis International Award, Mr Reuter was presented in solo recitals in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Rome, Hong Kong, and Paris. He joined DWQ in 1980.

With performances conveying “spiritedness and humor”, “unflagging precision and energy”, “eloquence and passion” , “dazzling technique” (The New York Times) and playing described as “something magical” (The Boston Globe), “compellingly musical” (The New York Times) and “thoroughly lyrical…expert” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Benjamin Fingland interprets a diverse range of clarinet literature.
A proponent of the music of our time, he works closely with living composers. In addition to being a founding member of the critically-acclaimed new music collective counter)induction, he plays with many of the leading contemporary performance ensembles on the East Coast: the International Contemporary Ensemble, American Modern Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, Nunc Music, the Network for New Music, Ensemble 21, the Argento Ensemble, the Locrian Chamber Players, and Sequitur.
He has performed worldwide as a recitalist and soloist, and has also collaborated, recorded, and toured with a wide variety of other artists – ranging in scope from Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain to jazz legend Ornette Coleman and pop icon Elton John.
Mr Fingland has held principal clarinet positions with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony, and has also played with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has Bachelor and Master of music degrees from the Juilliard School, and is on the faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City.

Praised by the New York Times for his “teeming energy” and “precise control,” bassoonist Adrian Morejon has established himself as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. As a soloist, Morejon has appeared throughout the US and Europe with the Talea Ensemble, IRIS Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and the Miami Symphony. An active chamber musician, he has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, and others. Morejon is co-principal bassoonist of IRIS Orchestra and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and others. He was a recipient of the Theodore Presser Foundation Grant, 2nd prize of the Fox-Gillet International Competition, and a shared top prize at the Moscow Conservatory International Competition. An alum of the Curtis Institute and Yale School of Music, Morejon is currently on faculty at the Boston Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, and Purchase College. He joined DWQ in 2013.

Norwegian horn player, Karl Kramer-Johansen is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. He is a winner of many prizes and awards in the American Horn Competition (1997 and 1999) and in 2001 won the American Scandinavian Society Cultural Award. Mr Kramer is also active as a recitalist, lecturer, conductor and composer. He has recorded for the Philips and Aurora labels. The New York Times wrote of his performance of Milton Babbitt’s Around the Horn, “This is essentially a stand-up routine for a virtuoso soloist, excellently communicated by Karl Kramer.” He joined DWQ in 2005.

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