Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s finest and
most versatile brass chamber ensembles, the Atlantic Brass Quintet
has performed in 48 of the United States and dozens of countries
across four continents. Atlantic specializes in masterful and
vibrant presentations of repertoire spanning five centuries and a
broad spectrum of styles, from Bach and Brahms to Mehldau and Monk
to Brazil and the Balkans. Winner of six international chamber
music competitions, the Quintet’s distinctive sound, impeccable
ensemble, stunning virtuosity, and warm, inviting stage presence
have won praise from scores of critics.
Founded in 1985, the Atlantic Brass Quintet launched its career with a phenomenal string of competition victories over a period of two years. Grand prizes include the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition, the Shoreline Alliance Chamber Music Competition, the Summit Brass First International Brass Ensemble Competition, and the Rafael Mendez International Brass Quintet Competition. Following these remarkable achievements, the ABQ was honored by Musical America by being named “Young Artists of 1988.” In May 1992, by unanimous decision, the Quintet won the “Premiere Prix” at the International Brass Competition of Narbonne, France, recognized worldwide as the preeminent competition of its kind.
Highlights in the Quintet’s busy concert career include performances at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Fleet Boston Celebrity Series, Tanglewood, and the White House.
Atlantic has been the resident brass quintet of Boston University, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Boston Conservatory. The Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar, an annual residential immersive summer program established in 1993, endures as one of the most popular summer destinations for both student and professional brass players.