The Los Angeles Philharmonic Wind Quintet explores the vast range of wind quintet repertoire while expanding the genre through bold new commissions and collaborations with today’s finest artists. Formed in May of 2018, the quintet has plans to perform regularly throughout Southern California and will tour Australia in September 2019.
BORIS ALLAKHVERDYAN was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. He previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. Allakhverdyan is a founding member of the award-winning Prima Trio.
Boris Allakhverdyan has appeared as soloist with Seattle, Tucson, Bakersfield, and Springfield Symphony orchestras as well as orchestras in Canada, Russia, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. He has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Emilia Romagna Music Festival, as well as Mainly Mozart San Diego, Twickenham, Colorado, and Britt Music Festivals. Allakhverdyan is a winner of the Rimsky-Korsakov International Woodwind Competition, the Hellam Concerto Competition, and the Tuesday Musical and the Oberlin Concerto competitions.
An active chamber musician, Boris Allakhverdyan has performed in the MET Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie Hall, at the Chicago Chamber Music Society, the Dayton Art Institute, La Jolla Athenaeum, Dumbarton Oaks, CityMusic Columbus, the Da Camera Society, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, and Shenzhen International Music Festival, to name a few.
Born and raised in Adelaide, Australia, ANDREW BAIN was appointed to the Chair of Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Gustavo Dudamel in May 2011.
Prior to moving to LA, Andrew held positions of Principal Horn of the Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Münchner Symphoniker, and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and Associate Principal Horn of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. From 2003 to 2012, he was the Principal Horn of the Colorado Music Festival.
A well-regarded solo artist, Andrew has performed regularly as a soloist with the LA Phil since joining the orchestra. He has also appeared at the front of the stage with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony orchestras, Alabama Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Colburn Orchestra, and with the Berliner Symphoniker at the Philharmonie in Berlin. As a chamber musician, Andrew loves to explore the possibilities of the horn in various ensembles: he is a regular performer on the LA Phil’s Chamber Music series and a founding member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
Andrew can be heard on numerous Hollywood film scores, including the soundtracks of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
DENIS BOURIAKOV has been Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2015 and, before that, was Principal Flute of the Metropolitan Opera from 2009. Denis has in recent years established himself as one of the most active and sought-after soloists in the flute world. He has won prizes in some of the most important international competitions, including the Munich ARD, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Prague Spring, Carl Nielsen, and Kobe competitions.
Denis looks beyond the standard flute repertoire for works that allow the flute to shine. In addition to having a phenomenal virtuoso technique and musicianship, he is continually transcribing and performing violin concertos and sonatas, expanding the limits of flute technique and artistry. Denis has performed and recorded violin concertos by Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky, and Paganini, and some of his arrangements have been published by Theodore Presser. Having a very active solo career, Denis has played concertos with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, and Daniel Harding, accompanied by orchestras worldwide, including the Mariinsky Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded a number of solo albums, and his latest recording will be released in 2019.
WHITNEY CROCKETT, one of the most respected bassoonists of his generation, joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Bassoon as Maestro Gustavo Dudamel’s first appointment. A native of Miami, he came to Los Angeles after 12 years as Principal Bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Prior to his work in New York, Crockett held the same position with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and earlier in his career he held Principal Bassoon positions with the Florida Orchestra, the South Florida Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of the Dominican Republic. He also currently serves as principal bassoon with the All-Star Orchestra.
As a soloist, Crockett has appeared with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, the Bellingham, Classical Tahoe, and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestras, and Les Violons du Roy.
An avid chamber musician, he has performed regularly on the MET Chamber Players series at Carnegie Hall, and he has recorded, performed, and toured extensively with the New York Kammermusiker double-reed ensemble.
Born in Granada, Spain, RAMÓN ORTEGA QUERO studied oboe performance in his native city and in Rostock, Germany.
Beginning in 2003, Ramón spent 10 years as a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, led by Daniel Barenboim. In September 2007, Ramon triumphed at the 56th ARD International Music Competition in Munich, winning the rarely awarded First Prize (bestowed on oboists only three times before), as well as the special prizes.
Since then, Ramón has enjoyed an international career as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with orchestras such as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Sinfonieorchester Basel, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, Scottisch Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Kammerorchester, Münchner Kammerorchester, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Sao Paulo State Symphony, Japan Century Orchestra, and Nagoya Philharmonic. He has performed at important festivals and venues including the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the London Proms, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Vancouver Recital Series, Mozartfest Würzburg, Lucerne Festival, and Carnegie Hall.
In 2008, he became Principal Oboe of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by Mariss Jansons, and worked with world-renowned conductors including Riccardo Muti, Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, Colin Davis, John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Bernhard Haitink.
He has recorded several solo CDs, winning the German ECHO Klassik prize in 2011 and 2012.
Andrew Bain’s ANAM Faculty position is generously supported by Ann and Robert Ronus
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