The Ellipsis Quintet was formed whilst its members were all studying for their Masters in performance at the Royal Academy of Music in autumn 2009, and is already establishing itself in the public domain as a dynamic new wind ensemble. Only a few months into its formation, the Ellipsis Quintet won the Nicholas Blake Wind Ensemble Prize at the Royal Academy of Music in January 2010, got to the semi-finals of the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in March 2010 and was selected as the winner of the June-Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize in June 2010.
In addition to the traditional wind quintet repertoire, the quintet also enjoys playing contemporary music; not only have they premiered Benjamin Hollway’s Quintet No. 1 and James Lark’s ‘As the Winds and the Months’, but they have also recently performed Elliott Carter’s Woodwind Quintet, Thierry Escaich’s Trois Instants Fugitifs and the Comedy for Five Winds written by composition professor of the Royal Academy of Music, Paul Patterson.
Recent engagements included collaborating with prizewinner of the Leeds International Piano Competition, Chiao-Ying Chang, performing Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, as well as concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Duke’s Hall and David Josefowitz Recital Hall of Royal Academy of Music, Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Foundling Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Beveridge Hall in Senate House, Regent Hall in London, the Forge in Camden, St Georges Bloomsbury and the St Mary with All Souls, Abbey Road.
When not rehearsing, the quintet often relaxes by sailing along England’s waterways or eating Japanese food.