Formed in 2018 as fellows of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, ConnectFive is a wind quintet embodying the spirit of collaboration and dedicated to bridging gaps through captivating performances, creative programming, and community engagement.
ConnectFive is committed to broadening the repertoire for wind quintet. As passionate advocates for today’s music, we expand the horizon of woodwind quintet literature by commissioning new works from a diverse pool of composers. Recent collaborations include premieres by Moira Lo Bianco and Amelia Brey, as well as collaborations with composers Tania León and Julia Wolfe on their own pieces.
As a chamber ensemble made up of teaching artists, we consider community engagement central to our mission. Leveraging our strengths and experience as arts educators (including partnerships with New York City public schools throughout the Ensemble Connect fellowship), we create and perform interactive shows across the city and around the world tailored for specific communities ranging from elementary schools to senior centers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we produced virtual educational content for Quogue Chamber Music on Long Island.
Leo Sussman, flute
Tamara Winston, oboe
Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet
Yen Chen Wu, Bassoon
Wilden Dannenberg, Horn