November 26, 2015

The Mexico City Woodwind Quintet


The Mexico City Woodwind Quintet

is regarded as one of the most important chamber music groups in Mexico today. Its four compact discs, Dreams for One America, Pan-American Visions, Salsa para Vientos  and New Mexican Music are examples of the Quintet’s continued dedication to promote the composition and dissemination of contemporary works by Mexican and Latin American composers, one of the objectives of the group. The list of works commissioned by and dedicated to the Quintet is growing, and incorporates the leading Mexican and Latin American composers of today.


The excellence of the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet has been acknowledged by the Mexican National Arts and Cultural Fund which awarded the group six grants between 1994 and 2012. The Quintet also received a grant from Mexico-USA Fund for Culture in 1999. Since 2013  the Quintet  has been a recipient of the México en Escena grant given by the Mexican government through FONCA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts).  With this support from México en Escena the Quintet has given seminars, master classes and is involved in projects of investigation and recordings along with world tours.  In the last two years they have performed in the Universities of Texas Tech, Texas; Carnegie Mellon, Pennsylvania; Brigham Young University, Utah; Weber State University, Utah; Conservatory of Perpignan, France; Rice University, Texas; University of Maryland, Maryland; the Catholic University, Washington D.C.; Arizona State University, Arizona; and presented Mexican music in the Mexican Consulate in New York and the Mexican Cultural Institute in the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C.


Not only has the Quintet presented the world premiers of works commissioned by the group, it has also performed the Mexican premiers of important contemporary quintet literature by prominent international composers as well as works by Latin Americans. As a regular participant in important music festivals such as the International Cervantino Festival, the International New Music Forum, as well as in concerts sponsored by the Mexican Fine Arts Institute, the National Arts Council and the National University, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet has gained critical acclaim.


The Mexico City Woodwind Quintet has been a resident group at the National Arts Center and the Ollín Yoliztli Music School, reaffirming the abiding commitment of the group to the education of the next generation of wind players. Through chamber music coachings, master classes as well as seminars on special topics ranging from contemporary wind techniques to double reed workshops, the members of the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet actively participate in the training of young students.