Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet is an American wind quintet that was officially founded in 1962 when Pablo Casals asked them to become the woodwind faculty of his newly founded Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. They are known worldwide for their many international tours sponsored by the United States
Department of State including three tours of South America and three of Europe. Over 25 original chamber works for winds have been written for the members of Soni Ventorum including compositions by Claude Arrieu, William Bergsma, Jean Francaix, Gerald Kechley, Joseph Goodman, John Verrall, and William O. Smith. In 1972 they won the silver medal at the International Instrumental Ensembles Competition (Festival Villa-Lobos) in Rio de Janeiro.The group had a long and stable history. Through their concerts, tours, and recordings, the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet established an international reputation. For many years (beginning in 1968) Soni Ventorum was also the wind quintet-in-residence at the University of Washington School of Music.The quintet was founded in 1962 by Felix Skowronek, William McColl, Arthur Grossman, James Caldwell, and Christopher Leuba. Members of the ensemble were on faculty at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, members of the Puerto Rico Symphony, and participants in the annual Casals Festival. During their years in Puerto Rico, the quintet went on several concert tours to the US mainland. which led to recording opportunities with the Lyrichord label.In 1968 Soni Ventorum was hired by the University of Washington School of Music as the resident Woodwind Quintet. The group was active through June 2001.
LONGEST SERVING MEMBERSFelix Skowronek (1935–2006), FluteLaila Storch, OboeWilliam McColl, ClarinetArthur Grossman, BassoonDavid Kappy, HornPRIOR MEMBERSJames Caldwell (1939–2006), Oboe, member from 1962 to 1965Christopher Leuba (Pictured in photo above), French horn, member from 1962 to 1963 and from 1968 through 1979Robert Bonnevie, French horn, member from 1963 to 1967Alex Klein, oboe, member from 1992 to 1994Rebecca Henderson, oboe, member from 1996 to 1998Peter Kern, Flute, member from 1966 to 1968Sidney Rosenberg, bassoon, member, 1977 - 1978 seasonDavid Sternbach, French horn, member, 1967-1968 seasonDan Williams, oboe, member, 1995-1996 seasonTad Margelli, oboe, frequent guest
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