The Arabesque Winds “played with skill and depth beyond their years,” at a recent performance according to the Washington Post, “but it was the unanimity of their ensemble phrasing that took the breath away.” The ensemble represented the Eastman School of Music at the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project, and performed a full recital at the Terrace Theater in May 2009.

Recognized for their fresh, energetic, and interactive performances, the Arabesque Winds were awarded the 2009 Coleman-Saunderson Prize for Woodwinds and Brass at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. The group has also won the Harvard Musical Association’s 2009 Arthur W. Foote Prize, awarded to young musicians on the verge of professional careers, in addition to the Grand Prize at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition. In what the judges described as "an astounding performance" at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the group garnered first prize over 70 international ensembles. In February 2009, the ensemble won Second Prize at the Henri Tomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition in Marseilles, France, where they also won the Lucien Guerinel Prize for best interpretation of the composer's commissioned work for the competition.

Dedicated to the performance of contemporary wind music, the Arabesque Winds acted as an ensemble-in-residence at the 2008 Festival Internacional Chihuahua in Chihuahua, Mexico. There, they performed the world premiere of Rodrigo Valdez Hermoso's "beyond the darkness, there's still the light." The group will also perform at the 2010 Cervantino Festival in Guanajato, Mexico as members of the Eastman BroadBand. In another collaboration with the BroadBand, the group can be heard on Bridge Records' 2010 release, Cantos: The Music of Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. They have performed the world premieres of works by Hannah Lash, Moiya Callahan, Jairo Duarte-Lopez, Michaela Eremiasova, and Scott Worthington, in addition to the American premieres of Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez's "Twittering Variations" and Juan Trigos’s “Ricercare V.” In April of 2009, the Arabesque Winds acted as a featured ensemble at Eastman’s Warren and Pat Benson Forum on Creativity.

As active supporters of music outreach, the Arabesque Winds have presented interactive and educational programs in schools and community venues all over the country. In January 2011, they will collaborate for the third consecutive year with the Rochester City Ballet to present a children's program featuring Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf." They have also served as ensemble-in-residence in the public schools of Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, NY, and in school districts in Washington, DC, Texas, Florida, and New Jersey. In May 2009, the group premiered a woodwind quintet concerto by Baljinder Sekhon II alongside young Rochester-area music students. They also acted fellows at the Atlantic Music Festival in summer 2009 as resident performers and teachers. The group joined the Young Audiences of Rochester roster in fall 2009 and will continue to act as touring artists for the 2010 season.

The Arabesque Winds formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2005. While at Eastman, the quintet was advised by coaches Robert DiLutis, Anne Harrow, and Kenneth Grant. They have also received coaching from members of the Imani Winds, Zephyros Winds, and Windscape.

Recognized for their fresh, energetic, and interactive performances, the Arabesque Winds were awarded the 2009 Coleman-Saunderson Prize for Woodwinds and Brass at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. The group has also won the Harvard Musical Association’s 2009 Arthur W. Foote Prize, awarded to young musicians on the verge of professional careers, in addition to the Grand Prize at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition. In what the judges described as "an astounding performance" at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the group garnered first prize over 70 international ensembles. In February 2009, the ensemble won Second Prize at the Henri Tomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition in Marseilles, France, where they also won the Lucien Guerinel Prize for best interpretation of the composer's commissioned work for the competition.

Dedicated to the performance of contemporary wind music, the Arabesque Winds acted as an ensemble-in-residence at the 2008 Festival Internacional Chihuahua in Chihuahua, Mexico. There, they performed the world premiere of Rodrigo Valdez Hermoso's "beyond the darkness, there's still the light." The group will also perform at the 2010 Cervantino Festival in Guanajato, Mexico as members of the Eastman BroadBand. In another collaboration with the BroadBand, the group can be heard on Bridge Records' 2010 release, Cantos: The Music of Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. They have performed the world premieres of works by Hannah Lash, Moiya Callahan, Jairo Duarte-Lopez, Michaela Eremiasova, and Scott Worthington, in addition to the American premieres of Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez's "Twittering Variations" and Juan Trigos’s “Ricercare V.” In April of 2009, the Arabesque Winds acted as a featured ensemble at Eastman’s Warren and Pat Benson Forum on Creativity.

As active supporters of music outreach, the Arabesque Winds have presented interactive and educational programs in schools and community venues all over the country. In January 2011, they will collaborate for the third consecutive year with the Rochester City Ballet to present a children's program featuring Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf." They have also served as ensemble-in-residence in the public schools of Lake Placid and Tupper Lake, NY, and in school districts in Washington, DC, Texas, Florida, and New Jersey. In May 2009, the group premiered a woodwind quintet concerto by Baljinder Sekhon II alongside young Rochester-area music students. They also acted fellows at the Atlantic Music Festival in summer 2009 as resident performers and teachers. The group joined the Young Audiences of Rochester roster in fall 2009 and will continue to act as touring artists for the 2010 season.

The Arabesque Winds formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2005. While at Eastman, the quintet was advised by coaches Robert DiLutis, Anne Harrow, and Kenneth Grant. They have also received coaching from members of the Imani Winds,Zephyros Winds, and Windscape.

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