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Calefax Reed Quintet

"We tapped the feet too at the Pump Room concert by Calefax - five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the wind quintet seem the best musical format on the planet." The Times, July 2008

Dutch reed quintet, Calefax, is known for its virtuoso performances, innovative programming and engaging concerts. The quintet performs standing up, and always introduces itself and the programme to the audience. Most importantly, the five musicians arrange, recompose and interpret music from eight centuries to suit their unique line-up: from early music, renaissance, baroque, and romantic works to jazz, or world premières.

So forget what you know about a traditional "wind" quintet, Calefax are a "reed" quintet and totally unique!


Calefax is recognized internationally for the quality of its ensemble playing, and has appeared widely throughout Europe, both in new music forums and in early music festivals.

Calefax has been awarded the Philip Morris Art Prize (1997) and the Kersjes van de Groenekan Prize (2001), and the VSCD Classical Music Award 2005, for the best chamber music performance in Dutch venues in the 2004-2005 season. In recent years Calefax also collaborated with artists such as the Zapp String Quartet and soloists such as pianist Ivo Janssen and mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf as well as jazz singers.

The German recording label MDG issues Calefax’s ever-growing discography, with consistently enthusiastic reactions from the international music press. Their latest CD to be released in late 2008, is their arrangements of Nancarrow's Studies for Player Piano.

Since Calefax joined London-based agency, Lomonaco Artists, they have extended their touring outside of their native Netherlands. Recent tours have taken them to China, the UK, Sweden, Russia, Estonia and Italy. They also made their debut tour of Japan in December 2008, in addition to their busy concert schedule at home in the Netherlands.

The quintet’s Wigmore Hall debut will be in a BBC lunchtime recital on 22 June 2009. Look out for them also at many UK festivals in summer 2009.

Calefax consists of: Oliver Boekhoorn oboe, Ivar Berix clarinet, Raaf Hekkema saxophone
Jelte Althuis bass clarinet, Alban Wesly bassoon

"The sheer sound was fabulous...but what set the seal on things was the electrifying performance...these players brought it off time and again, and played with lovely stylish grace. The whole thing was a joy, and I doubt whether I've seen all year a performance prepared with such loving care." Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph, 24 December 2007

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