The Borealis Wind Quintet, nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award in the Chamber Music Category, is acclaimed as one of America’s preeminent chamber ensembles. The highest musical integrity, irresistible energy and five-fold charisma distinguish Borealis in the chamber music field. Audiences love their exquisite programming that includes the finest of the classics, engaging commissioned works, opera arias and works for piano and winds. The Washington Post praised their “sensitive collaborations that have a sophisticated and cosmopolitan air.” Peter G. Davies of the New York Times described one concert as “a polished, elegantly turned performance…each work received lively, expert and musicianly treatment by this skilled and exceptionally talented chamber group.” Joseph Horowitz, also of the New York Times describes “lively communicative readings…the performance was a scintillating one.” The Philadelphia Inquirer writes that “they demonstrated the sort of rapport that characterizes the very best chamber playing.”
Katherine Fink is principal flutist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New York Pops and has been a featured soloist with these orchestras in Carnegie Hall and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has been principal flute and soloist with the Eos Orchestra, the Colonial Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Philharmonia Virtuosi and member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the New York Chamber Symphony. Ms. Fink performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has been a guest principal flutist with the New Jersey Symphony, the American Symphony, and the Stamford Symphony. Ms. Fink has been featured in recital at the New York Flute Club, the Brooklyn Museum, the Yamaha Piano Salon in NYC, the New Jersey City University and the Mostly Mozart pre-concert recitals at Lincoln Center. She has recorded all of the flute sonatas of Robert Baksa on the MSR label and has performed on recordings with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Eos, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the New York Pops and on numerous commercial and film recordings. Ms. Fink received a Bachelors degree with honors from the Eastman School of Music and a Masters degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She teaches at New Jersey City University and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
Tamar Beach Wells is a versatile soloist and orchestral musician. She is principal oboe with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and performs regularly with the Hartford Symphony. She performs with the American Composers Orchestra, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble and the Westchester Symphony. She has toured nationally with Andrea Bocelli and has been a member of the Springfield Symphony and the Goodspeed Opera. In addition to the oboe, she plays the English horn, oboe d’amore and bass oboe and frequently collaborates with vocalists, choruses and other artists in diverse settings ranging from traditional solo performances to recording sessions with pop singers. She holds degrees with highest honors in performance and education from the Hartt School of Music and Performing Arts and a Masters degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Tamar has been on the faculty of the Hartt School and the University of Connecticut and maintains a private studio in her Litchfield County home.
Kathryn Taylor, clarinet, has performed across the US as a chamber and orchestra musician as well as a soloist. A resident of Connecticut, she is principal clarinetist of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and a member of Connecticut Grand Opera. She performs with the Stamford, New Haven and Hartford Symphonies. Ms. Taylor has performed in several festivals including the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, the Windham Festival in New York and the Newport Festival in Rhode Island. She has toured Europe as principal clarinetist with the American Symphonietta and performed in the orchestra of Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. Ms. Taylor attended the Juilliard School where she studied with the legendary Leon Russianoff.
Dan Culpepper is a very active freelance horn player in New York City. He performs with the New York City Ballet, New York Pops, Little Orchestra Society and at Radio City Music Hall. Mr. Culpepper’s career has been both diverse and eclectic. He has performed or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Elton John, James Taylor, Pavarotti, Sting and Yo-Yo Ma among others. His movie credits include Pocohontas and Ransom. Mr. Culpepper has appeared on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America” and has recorded numerous TV and radio commercials. He is currently principal horn of Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
Wayne Hileman, bassoon, has performed with many orchestras including the New Haven, Stamford, American and Westchester Symphonies, and appeared as a chamber player, soloist or as continuo at many venues, including the Pro-Arte, Windham, Alliance Artist and New England Bach Festivals. In addition, he is an audio engineer, restoring historic recordings for major labels, producing live concerts for NPR, editing and mastering new releases for many classical artists and is a voting member of the Recording Academy (the Grammys). Mr. Hileman holds degrees from Potsdam College and Yale University.