Pacific Quintet receives Ensemble Prize of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Pacific Quintet © Emma Wernig

The Pacific Quintet has been awarded the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2023. The ensemble prize is endowed with 10,000 euros. The wind quintet has been studying at the Eisler in Prof Martin Spangenberg's chamber music class since 2020. The festive award ceremony for the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival Ensemble Prize is planned for September 2024 as part of a gala concert in Waren (Müritz).

The wind quintet with flautist Aliya Vodovozova, oboist Fernando José Martínez Zavala, clarinettist Liana Leßmann, horn player Haeree Yoo and bassoonist Kenichi Furuya impressed the jury at its concert on 24 August 2023 in St. Marien Church in Ribnitz-Damgarten as part of the "Young Elite" festival series and, in addition to the prize money provided by the Nordmetall Foundation, will now have the opportunity to perform in concerts as part of future festival programmes and to further develop the festival concept as part of the prize-winning family.

The Pacific Quintet was founded in 2017 at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Since then, the five ensemble members have been active on the international concert circuit and have performed at venues including the Berlin Philharmonie and Hamarikyu Hall in Tokyo. In the past, they have already won 1st prize at the renowned competition of the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V. "Ton und Erklärung" 2021 and 2nd prize at the "Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition 2019".