The members are all professors at music academies: Wally Hase (flute) in Vienna, Jochen Müller-Brincken (oboe), Albrecht Holder (bassoon), Manfred Lindner (clarinet) and Christoph Ess (horn) in Würzburg. In addition to their teaching activities, the musicians are also active as soloists and in other chamber music formations (including Consortium Classicum, Ensemble Villa Musica, Residenz-Quintett Munich), but in the exclusive top ensemble PROFIVE they always find the symbiosis of professional faithfulness to the work and exuberant joy in playing.
At the Days of New Music 2001 in Würzburg, the quintet played the demanding wind quintet by A. Schönberg for the first time with this new line-up. The interpretation was praised by the press as a sensational highlight. This provided an incentive to let the era of the Würzburg wind soloists live on in a new and extremely lively form. The wide-ranging repertoire includes – starting with the earliest quintets M. Cambinis and A. Rosettis – via the piano quintets by W.A. Mozart, L. v. Beethoven and Fr. Danzi the colorful oeuvre of romanticism up to modern quintets.
It is a particular concern of PROFIVEs to publicize masterpieces that have not yet been played in addition to the traditionally known works.
This year the ensemble is a guest at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival. The artists also work increasingly with Juri Tetzlaff, the well-known KIKA presenter, and successfully present children’s and family concerts with programs such as ‘Peter and the Wolf’, ‘Carnival of the Animals’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Bremen Town Musicians’ , ‘Peer Gynt’ and ‘The Magic Flute’.