Created in 1994 by five eminent woodwind soloists, Windscape has won a unique place for itself as a vibrant, ever-evolving group of musical individualists, which has delighted audiences throughout the North America. Windscape's innovative programs and accompanying presentations are created to take listeners on a musical and historical world tour -- evoking through music and engaging commentary vivid cultural landscapes of different times and places.
As Artists-in-Residence at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM), the members of Windscape are master teachers, imparting not only the craft of instrumental virtuosity, but also presenting a distinctive concert series hailed for its creative energy and musical curiosity. The series offers the perfect setting for the ensemble to devise new, sometimes startling programs and to experiment with new arrangements and repertoire combinations. Popular programs that have emerged from this process in recent seasons include "The Roaring 20s," The Fabulous 50s," "The Young Titan: Beethoven comes to Vienna" and, "East Meets West: The Music of Japan and the Impressionists," which features projections along with music. Family programs take the audience on a journey to "Brementown." In an effort to deepen their connection to emerging composers, Windscape has initiated a student composition competition at MSM which has yielded several winners who write new works for Windscape. In recent seasons, Windscape has performed works by 20th and 21st century composers, representing musical traditions of four continents and has collaborated with students and faculty for memorable residencies.
Windscape's recordings include works of Ravel and Dvorak, with guests Jeremy Denk, piano and Daniel Phillips, violin, (MSR Classics) and Bach’s The Art of Fugue with the Orion String Quartet (Deutsche Grammophon) following Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performances.