Since its creation in 1985, Pentaèdre has focused on the discovery of chamber music repertoires, including diverse, original and lesser known works. Passionate chamber musicians, the members of the group have explored the classic repertoire for wind quintet as much as orchestral works and transcriptions.The ensemble operates as an open group, welcoming conductors, instrumentalists, soloists and other groups, transforming itself as need be into a chamber orchestra,to offer a wider repertoire to its audience.
Like the geometric figure from which it takes its name, Pentaèdre consists of five talented musicians, whose technique and musical precision have been widely recognized. Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, each brings its own particular timbre to an ensemble whose overall sonority is unique, rich and homogenous - the distinctive feature of the ensemble.
The ensemble is constantly expanding its repertoire and adds about a dozen new works to its credit each season,including premieres (20 since its inception), and commissions from young Quebec composers.
Aside from numerous concerts given throughout Quebec, Pentaèdre toured several times within Canada, the U.S.and Europe. Highlights of its tours include concerts at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Orford Arts Festival, the National Gallery in Ottawa (Espace Musique), Carnegie Hall in New York, the Strasbourg Festival Musica (with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne), and the Baie-des-Chaleurs Festival.
For more information, visit the Pentaèdre website.