Joanna Goldstein, flute; Ana-Sofie Compesino, oboe; Benjamin Seltzer, clarinet; Anne Howarth, horn; Ellen Barnum, Bassoon
As one of the country’s foremost woodwind quintets, Vento Chiaro captivates audiences with engaging performances and inspiring residencies. Founded at the Peabody Conservatory in 1997 and currently based in Boston, the ensemble places a strong emphasis on breaking down the traditional barriers that exist between performers and audience members.
Since 2002 Vento Chiaro has been the woodwind quintet in residence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, one of the world’s most renowned summer festivals for talented and ambitious high school music students. In addition to performing recitals, their responsibilities at Tanglewood include coaching chamber music and leading sectional rehearsals. Vento Chiaro was the Ensemble in Residence at the Longy School of Music from 1999-2006, and has held short-term residencies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Providence College, Rockport Chamber Festival, and secondary schools throughout the United States.
Vento Chiaro presents their own recital series in Brookline, Massachusetts, and performs across the country. Their self-titled debut recording on Ongaku records received critical acclaim from Fanfare Magazine and Music-Web International, and they have frequently appeared on WGBH radio. In addition to performances of the standard repertoire, Vento Chiaro regularly collaborates with living composers and performers. They have premiered works by Robert Dick, Howard Frazin and Michael Gandolfi and have other commissioning projects in the works.
The ensemble has garnered top prizes in prestigious chamber music competitions including the silver medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Saunderson Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.